• Local simulator training facilities must: DGCA tells airlines

    Airline operators having more than 20 aircraft of one type should compulsorily have simulator training facility within India, aviation watchdog DGCA has said months after detecting lapses at an overseas simulator training facility used by IndiGo .
    Issuing a Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), the regulator today also said domestic operators should “progressively” reduce the use of overseas simulator training facilities.
    “Operators with more than 20 aeroplanes of one type shall have owned/leased simulator capacity within India for that type by December 31, 2018,” Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.
    In June last year, DGCA had ordered budget carrier IndiGo not to train its pilots on one of the two simulators at a training centre in the UK following an inspection of the facility and the subsequent detection of the malfunctioning in one of the two such machines.
    At present, airlines shell out a significant amount towards training of pilots overseas and having enough number of simulators in the country itself would help in reducing the overall costs for the carriers. Alexei Kovalev Womens Jersey

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