[New Delhi]IndiGo’s Airbuses Facing Glitches, DGCA Yet To Put a Check on PW Engine
The DGCA had issued an advisory in November last year to deal with this issue. However, the PW engines continue to face glitches P&W engine woes had forced both IndiGo (which operates 57 of such planes)and the larger rival GoAir to ground some of the A320 Neos on earlier occasions also.Despite repeated glitches neither the engine maker nor the plane maker has been able to provide any lasting solution so far.
India’s aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is likely to issue an additional advisory soon for Airbus planes fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines,
The recurring glitches on the Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus planes have forced the Wadia group-run budget carrier GoAir to ground as many as seven A320 Neos.
GoAir has 49 planes in the fleet and 30 of them are Airbus A320 Neos.
During February and March last year, 14 planes — 11 of IndiGo and three of GoAir – were grounded by the aviation regulator DGCA following a series of mid-air engine shutdowns.
Apart from these two carriers, Air India and Vistara also operate A320 Neos but they are powered by CFM engines. P&W engine woes had forced both IndiGo (which operates 57 of such planes)and the larger rival GoAir to ground some of the A320 Neos on earlier occasions also.
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[New Delhi]IndiGo’s Airbuses Facing Glitches, DGCA Yet To Put a Check on PW Engine
[New Delhi]European Aviation Safety Agency Suspends GMR Aero Technic,s Certificate
The European Aviation Safety Agency has suspended its certification for Hyderabad-based GMR Aero Technic, which provides maintenance and overhaul services for aircraft, and the re-approval would depend on the progress made by the organisation, according to the regulator.
With the suspension of certification effective November 12, the facility would not be able to service planes that are registered in a European Union member state.
GMR Aero Technic provides extensive airframe maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) and line maintenance services on the commercial and general aviation aircraft, as per its website.
Specific reasons that led to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) suspending the certification could not be ascertained.
[New Delhi]Miss Incidents In Indian Airspace Compiled to 28 in 2017 .Probe Of Such Incedents are still in files
Near miss incidents, known as ‘airprox’ in aviation parlance, are generally those where the distance between two airborne planes is less than the prescribed safety limits.
The count of near miss incidents touched 32 in 2016 before coming down to 28 last year.
While 33 such incidents happened in 2014, the number dropped to 25 in 2015.
These figures are based on incidents reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Civil Aviation Ministry officials said the airprox rate per 10,000 aircraft movements has been on the decline during the 2012-17 period.
However, there has been an increase in terms of absolute number of such incidents during the same period, as per the data.
In 2012, as many as 18 near miss incidents were reported to the DGCA and the number rose to 23 in 2013. It went up to 33 in 2014, the data showed.
The count increased to 28 in 2017.
Under aviation norms, airprox incidents are classified into four categories —
‘no hazard’ and
The officials noted that there was only one ‘critical’ incident during the 2012-17 period.
In recent times, there have been airprox incidents, including the one that involved two IndiGo aircraft.
This incident happened on July 10 in the Bangalore airspace. The planes were operating on Coimbatore-Hyderabad and Bangalore-Cochin routes.
The officials said this incident was classified under the ‘no hazard’ category and is being probed by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB).
India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world and many domestic airlines have placed orders for a large number of aircraft as they look to cater to the rising passenger traffic.
[Nw Delhi] Jet airways Flight Hits Catering Vehicle at IGI Airport
An aircraft, with 133 passengers on-board, hit a parked catering vehicle at the Delhi airport tonight,
No one was injured in the incident that took place around 8 pm when the Jet airways flight, coming from Dubai, arrived at the Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport here
The aircraft was moving towards its designated parking bay when its right wing hit a catering vehicle of service provider Taj Sats which was stationed on the nearby lane at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, airport
[New Delhi] New Aviator Prabhu Supports DGCA For Grounding Aircrafts
Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said today that The DGCA decision to ground certain A320 neo aircraft with faulty engines is “only for passenger safety”
The aviation regulator’s move has resulted in flight cancellations by IndiGo and GoAir as the two airlines have grounded 11 A320 neo aircraft following the directive. IndiGo Cancelled its More Then forty flights which resulted Hike in Airfare
Prabhu took over the additional charge of Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded 11 A320 neo planes powered with a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines following three incidents of mid-air engine failures in less than a month.
A total of 14 A320 neo aircraft fitted with a specific series of engines — 11 operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir — have now been grounded. Three IndiGo planes were grounded last month.
The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu taking additional charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in New Delhi on March 12, 2018.
The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha is also seen.
[New Delhi]Govt Relaxes Its Gripes Over Air India:49 % FDI Allowed
Modi government today relaxed FDI norms in various sectors such as single brand retail and allowed foreign airlines to invest up to 49 per cent in Air India. The decision was taken during the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi . The Cabinet allowed overseas investors to invest 100 per cent FDI (foreign direct investment) in single brand retail trading and construction development without any government approval,
. “Foreign airlines allowed to invest up to 49 per cent under approval route in Air India,” the statement said. As per the policy, foreign airlines are allowed to invest under government approval route in Indian companies operating scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services, up to the limit of 49 per cent of their paid-up capital. However, the provision was not applicable to Air India, thereby implying that foreign airlines could not invest in Air India. “It has now been decided to do away with this restriction and allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49 per cent under approval route in Air India,”
[New Delhi] Aviation Regulator Derosters ATC After Fully Loaded IndiGo & Spicejet Came Face-2-Face
Aviation regulator DGCA has derostered an air traffic controller (ATC) for the incident in which two fully-loaded passenger aircraft came face-to-face on the taxiway at the Delhi airport today.
“The ATC who cleared the landing of IndiGo flight as well as allowed the SpiceJet aircraft, for Hyderabad, to leave the holding area for refuelling has been taken off the duty till the probe is completed,”
However, providentially a disaster was averted after commanders of both the planes alerted the air traffic control and switched off their engines.
Meanwhile, sources also alleged that the delay in arrival of the Follow-Me-Jeep, operated by the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), was also a contributing factor in the incident.
[New Delhi] Indian Domestic Air Traffic Jumped Record 26% Growth in July
Domestic air passenger traffic jumped by nearly 26 per cent in July, registering double-digit growth for the 24th consecutive month with lower fares attracting more fliers.
IndiGo saw its market share climb to 39.8 per cent It had a market share of 37.9 per cent in June.
Latest data from aviation regulator DGCA showed that local airlines flew
85.08 lakh passengers in July compared to
67.62 lakh fliers recorded in the year-ago period.
This is the 24th straight month that domestic air traffic has registered high double-digit growth, which also comes against the backdrop of many airlines offering lower fares as they compete to attract more passengers.
In terms of market share in July,
Jet Airways (16.3%),
Air India (14.8 %),
GoAir (8.4 %),
Vistara (2.6 %) and
When it comes to load factor — a measure of seat occupancy in flights — low-cost carrier
SpiceJet emerged on top with 92 %in July. The same stood at 93 % in June.
IndiGo’s load factor stood at 83.6 % higher than 77.9 % seen in the previous month.
Among other airlines,
GoAir registered a load factor of 90.3 % followed by Air Asia with 85.7 % while that of
Jet Airways and Vistara were 83.8 % and 75.2 % respectively.
National carrier Air India registered a lower load factor of 80.3 %in July compared to 82 % in June.
Scheduled domestic airlines shelled out compensation to the tune of Rs 35.56 lakh for denied boarding to passengers last month.
For cancellations, the carriers gave a total
compensation of Rs 23.22 lakh while the overall amount for
flight delays, a total amount of Rs 61.33 lakh was given “towards compensation and facilities”.
According to DGCA, 1,111 passengers were affected by
denied boarding, 4,796 people by cancellations and
delays impacted 65,953 passengers.
Last month, as many as 948 passenger-related complaints were received by the scheduled domestic airlines with maximum number coming against Air Pegasus — which saw disruptions in its operations amid financial woes.
As much as 34.2 % complaints were related to flight problems, followed by customer service (27.4 %) and baggage (17.5%).
[New Delhi]Govt’s 2nd No In Two Days This Time For Replacement Of Opaque DGCA
Central Govt Has Shelved Its Another Proposal for Civil Aviation Authority
Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said that he saw no need to merely rename the regulator.
The UPA government had proposed to replace Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) having full functional and financial autonomy to give the regulator more teeth.
But the Civil Aviation Minister said.”What is the need for CAA? What purpose will be served by just changing the name? I do not see any reason (to replace DGCA),”
Raju, however, admitted there is “opaqueness” in working of DGCA and promised to usher in transparency in the body in the interest of passenger safety and security.
The Minister said an ambitious plan is being worked out to make the DGCA a more “responsive” and “meaningful” body, which had faced a downgrade on safety grounds during the UPA regime.
The DGCA is expected to make completely online 18 major services including granting of licence to pilots, approval of safety procedures and engineering and flight operations this month as part of its e-GCA (e-Governance in Civil Aviation) project.
His comments come,Through PTI, at a time when there are increasing threats to aviation security worldwide, particularly after the terror attack on Brussels airport in March.
Yesterday Raju Ruled Out any Formulation For Capping Of Airfare