Indian Aviation Regulator Issues Circular for Flight School Implementations to Enhance Regulator Oversight

29th Nov 2022

The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a Circular Directing approved flight training organizations (FTOs) in the country to install CCTVs within their premises. The cameras, as stated in the Circular, shall be installed and made operational within 90 days from the date of issue. The objective of circular is to enhance DGCA oversight over flying training and ground training activities of Flying Training Organization for improving the safety of operations and quality of training.

“All the FTOS shall install cameras of high resolution in FTO premises to ensure proper visibility of flying training activities. The cameras should be installed to cover the following view of Apron area, Hangar, Taxiway and runway, Classrooms Examination Room and Area where the flights are authorized in Flight Authorization register,” the Circular reads.

The regulator also said that the FTOs should monitor and record data of training flights, and at least 25 percent of flight data should be analyzed on a daily basis.

In order to monitor Flight data in Aircraft, the circular read that many aircraft available for flying training are equipped with glass cockpit (Garmin G1000/ G3X etc.) which has a provision of recording flight data and/or fitted with ADS (B) which can also monitor the path followed by the aircraft. This provides opportunity for enhancement of training, improve training quality and objective surveillance. FTO shall ensure FTOS operating with aircraft equipped with glass cockpit or ADS (B) shall monitor, analyze and maintain the data from the date of issue of this circular.

FTOS operating with aircraft not pre-equipped with glass cockpit or ADS (B) shall devise a method within 90 days for recording and monitoring of the flights to check if flight path flown by their trainee pilots and instructors are as per flight authorization. FTO shall install/carry equipment which automatically records at least following parameters; Engine start/stop time- as feasible, Flight path followed iii) Height and Speed of aircraft at all times

For the purpose of Monitoring, the FTO shall ensure that the surveillance cameras are functional (during flying activities) and the camera feed must be displayed in the CFI, Dy. CFI and Flying Instructor room. The FTO shall ensure that the recording of glass cockpit, ADS (B) or any other monitoring device is functional during flying activities. c) In case the cameras/ADS (B) or any other monitoring device is nonfunctional then FTO should intimate DFT immediately via email and take action to make it functional within 15 days.

Chief Flight Instructor/Dy. CFI/Safety Manager of the FTO shall preserve the recording of camera for at least 30 days and the flight data of all the devices for at least six months.

Source: Indian DGCA Circular

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