Aviation regulator DGCA has ordered budget carrier IndiGo not to train its pilots on one of the two simulators at an overseas training centre following an inspection of the facility and the subsequent detection of the malfunctioning in one of the two such machines last month.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has, however, not withdrawn approval granted to the training organisation for imparting training to the Indian pilots, a senior DGCA official said.
“There are two simulators at UK based training organisation. One was found erratic. DGCA has asked Indigo not to train pilots on erratic simulator,” the official said.
The approval granted to the organisation, however, continues, the official said.
Besides IndiGo, other domestic carrier Jet airways and a some British airlines also use the facility to impart simulator training to their pilots.
When contacted, IndiGo said the regulators decree will not have any impact on its training programme as a major portion of training to its pilots is conducted at the Dubai facility of the same organisation.
“This restriction will not impact IndiGo as we primarily conduct a major portion of our training at CAE-Dubai. The simulators used by IndiGo at CAE Dubai have been evaluated and cleared by DGCA vide OC (Office Circular) 1 of 2016,” IndiGo said in a statement. Filip Chlapik Jersey