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DGCA takes up financial audit of airlines

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Li Peng, member, International Civil Aviation Organisation, and Bharat Bhushan, Director General of Civil Aviation, at a meeting in Chennai on Monday. — Photo: R. Shivaji Rao
Li Peng, member, International Civil Aviation Organisation, and Bharat Bhushan, Director General of Civil Aviation, at a meeting in Chennai on Monday. — Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

Commercial Pilot and Air Traffic Pilot License examinations will go online from December 3, according to Bharat Bhushan, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), here on Monday.

Talking to journalists at the inauguration of a three-day meeting of the Southeast Asia and Bay of Bengal Sub-Regional ADSB implementation working group, Mr. Bhushan said the online examinations would be of help to students.

The DGCA had taken up the financial audit of airlines. The exercise began in the first week of November as per the International Civil Aviation Organisation norms. The exercise would be completed by the end of this month and the report submitted to the DGCA.

It would help the organisation to know in advance the financial position of any airline, he said.

To a query on Air Traffic Service Inter Facility Data Communication, Mr. Bhushan said the automation system at the Air Traffic Control tower was already having the provision for this facility. However, it would take sometime to integrate this.

As far the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) was concerned, international bidding had already been called for. It was expected to be ready by middle of next year, he said.

Talking about providing training to employees of the DGCA, Mr. Bhushan said training was given on handling GPS-aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN). This was part of a Rs. 800-crore project and everyone working in that area would be imparted training, he said.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had signed a Bilateral Aviation Security Agreement (BASA) with the US. Soon, the Indian certification would be done, which would be accepted by the US. This move was expected to be accepted by the US and it would boost ties between the two countries and help in commercial aviation, he said.

Conceding that there were gaps in the accident reporting system in the country, Mr Bhushan said wherever there were gaps in the airline operation, the DGCA tried to plug the loopholes and when the airlines were not doing their duties, the DGCA acted against them, he said.

An audit was done for the flying clubs across the country.

The DGCA had indicated areas where the clubs were not doing correctly. They were asked to take corrective measures, he added.


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