After surveillance of airlines’ financial status, DGCA has surmised that poor financial outcome may affect the safety culture of the affected airlines .
DGCA has pointed that one-third of aircraft of one airline are grounded for want of aircraft spares. This has led to cannibalization of parts from grounded aircraft to keep other aircraft flying . Adding to the maintenance woes of this airline is an exodus of pilots from this airline at short notice .
In similar vain, DGCA has raised serious maintenance related concerns as well as paucity of training captains and unserviceable simulators, which significantly compromise aviation safety [2, 4]. Added to this is non- Incidentally, this airline had the last tragic crash in India in 2009 .
DGCA also found another airline guilty of compromising aviation safety by violating FDTL regulations as well as not reporting snags . In addition, several airlines are faced with shortage of aircrew, inadequate training and paucity of simulators .
All these audit findings of DGCA bode ill for the aviation safety in India . Compromised maintenance practices and tired pilots rostered to ensure flight schedules is a lethal cocktail, with tragedy waiting to happen!
Does the regulator have the spunk to set the not-so-golden goose of the liberating India in order, what with the cumulative losses in the aviation sector amounting to USD 20 Billion in the current financial year .
But before that the regulator needs to set its own house in order – corrupt officials , prevailing nepotism  and paucity of staff … When the aviation elephant woke up in the Indian skies, apparently the regulator was caught napping – is it awake now?
1. DGCA warns Kingfisher, Air India Express over safety issues
2. Kingfisher Airlines safety an issue: DGCA
3. DGCA turns down Kingfisher’s plea to take action against pilots
4. DGCA gives Kingfisher 3 days to come up with safety plan
5. Air India Express Flight 812
6. DGCA pulls up more airliners
7. DGCA queries Kingfisher on Safety
8. A numb DGCA breeds rampant corruption
9. DGCA honcho suspended for nepotism
10. DGCA facing acute staff shortage
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