Licence holders seeking to become pilot-in-command of transport helicopters will now have to undergo proficiency checks which will be valid for six months.
The new norms would also be applicable for co-pilots of transport helicopters as well as that of transport aeroplanes.
In this regard, the Civil Aviation Ministry has made amendments to the Aircraft Rules, 1937. This comes at a time when there are efforts to boost overall aviation safety in the country.
“In order to act as a pilot-in-command or co-pilot on transport helicopters, the licence holder shall be required to undergo an appropriate proficiency check as specified by the Director General, in respect of the type of helicopter to be flown,” a recent ministry notification said.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would specify the relevant proficiency check and it would be valid for six months.