DGCA audits 30 FTOs, finds a number of security violations

DGCA audits 30 FTOs, finds a number of security violations

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 16 June mentioned after auditing 30 flying coaching organisations (FTOs) since 21 March, 2022, it discovered them of violating a number of security rules.

According to the findings, the “facilities at the airfield/training organization are not being maintained as per the requirements — runway surface was found worn out, wind sock was found torn or nonstandard,” mentioned the aviation regulator.

Apart from this, the pre-flight alcohol check rules weren’t adopted at a number of FTOs, added the DGCA.

ALSO READ: SpiceJet restricts 90 pilots from flying 737 MAX plane after DGCA advantageous

“Few of the instructors, student pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers did not undergo BA (breathalyser) test or submit undertaking prior to commencement of duty/exercise of privileges,” the DGCA famous.

Among different, the the testing tools being utilized by few FTOs weren’t in compliance with the necessities or calibrated as required, the DGCA mentioned.

“Based on these audit findings and findings in recent accident, enforcement action has been issued i.e., warning letter to two Accountable Managers, suspension orders to two CFIs (certified flying instructors) for a year, two CFI for 3 months, one Deputy CFI for a year, two Deputy CFI for 3 months, one AFI (assistant flying instructor) for 3 months and one student for 3 months,” it famous.


Following the audit report, approval of 1 FTO has been suspended, whereas enforcement actions in opposition to different people/FTOs are at varied levels, it mentioned.

Earlier on 6 June, personal airliner SpiceJet restricted as many as 90 pilots from working 737 Max plane after the DGCA fined the service for coaching pilots on defective simulator.

The firm has 650 pilots skilled on MAX plane and DGCA had an remark on the coaching profile adopted for 90 pilots. These pilots will bear re-training.

Also DGCA imposed a advantageous of 10 lakh on SpiceJet for coaching its Boeing 737 Max plane’s pilots on a defective simulator because it may have adversely impacted flight security.

With inputs from PTI.

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