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National civil aviation authority of the Government of India

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Directorate General of Civil Aviation (India): National civil aviation authority of the Government of India
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is a statutory body of the Government of India to regulate civil aviation in India. It became a statutory body under the Aircraft (Amendment) Act, 2020. The DGCA investigates aviation accidents and incidents, maintains all regulations related to aviation and is responsible for issuance of licenses pertaining to aviation like PPL's, SPL's and CPL's in India. It is headquartered along Sri Aurobindo Marg, opposite Safdarjung Airport, in New Delhi. The Government of India is planning to replace the organisation with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), modelled on the lines of the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Enhancing safety: DGCA asks airlines to specify time needed for implementation of new pilot duty norms

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked airlines to specify their readiness to implement the revised Flight Duty Time Limitation (FDTL) regulations, aimed at preventing pilot fatigue and..
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It's for airlines to decide how much alcohol to serve: DGCA

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Taxiing aircraft grazes another at Kolkata airport

An IndiGo aircraft grazed a stationary AI Express plane at Kolkata airport, causing damage. Incident led to passenger jolt. 169 bound for Chennai & 133 for Darbhanga affected. DGCA inquiry initiated,..
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Air India sacks pilot found drunk after operating overseas flight

Air India terminates a pilot's services and considers filing an FIR for alcohol consumption after flying. Directorate General of Civil Aviation informed. Zero tolerance policy enforced with strict..
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DGCA off-rosters pilots after Indigo plane grazes past stationary Air India carrier


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DGCA's revised rules on pilots' duty, rest time put on hold

Indian aviation regulator has suspended the implementation of new rules on airline pilots' duty and rest time. Airlines can follow the old regulations until new guidelines are approved, after a pilot's..
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DGCA slaps Rs 80 lakh fine on Air India for violations of...

Aviation watchdog DGCA on Friday imposed a fine of Rs 80 lakh on Air India for violations of norms related to flight duty time limitations and fatigue management system of flight crew.
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DGCA probes whether IndiGo Delhi-Baku Jan 29 flight took off sans ATC nod; pilots derostered


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Captain Shweta Singh becomes 1st woman CFOI of DGCA


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DGCA terminates Chief flight operations inspector on administrative grounds

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to terminate the contract of Captain Vivek Chhabra, who served as the Chief Flight Operations Inspector (CFOI). This decision has been taken..
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DGCA terminates Captain Chhabra, Captain Shweta Singh given CFOI charge


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Ensure airlines’ sites accessible to the blind, court tells DGCA

A busy corporate lawyer based out of Delhi, Amar Jain has never let blindness come in the way of his work but travelling poses a big challenge given that most websites of airlines and travel agents are..
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GMR launches aviation school in technical partnership with Airbus

Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia launched the GMR School of Aviation during the inaugural ceremony of Wings India 2024. The institute, set up by GMR Aero Technic in collaboration with..
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IndiGo fined Rs 1.20 crore, Mumbai Airport Rs 90 lakh over incident of passengers eating on tarmac

Earlier, DGCA had issued show-cause notices to IndiGo and MIAL saying that they were not proactive in anticipating the situation.
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At 15.2 crore, record number of Indian flyers in 2023

Domestic air travel in India surpassed pre-Covid levels, with 15.2 crore domestic air travelers in 2023, the highest ever recorded. IndiGo had a market share of 60.5%, while the combined market share..
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'Wrong to hit, but pilot was ...': Eyewitness recounts Indigo assault case

The co-passenger of an Indigo flyer, Russian Indian actress Evgenia Belskaia, criticised the pilot for "blaming" passengers instead of being "understanding and supportive". She said the pilot accused..
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'Share real-time updates': DGCA issues SOPs for airlines amid flight delays, cancellations

Against the backdrop of a significant number of flights getting delayed and cancelled and passengers facing tough times, the regulator has come out with a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
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'Ensure real-time data on flight time': DGCA issues SOPs to airlines amid fog-related disruptions, delays


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Highest ever: At 15.2 crore, last year saw more domestic flyers than pre-Covid 2019

India's domestic air travel not only rebounded to pre-Covid levels but also surpassed last year's figures. DGCA data for January-December 2023 reveals a record-breaking 15.2 crore domestic air..
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Flights delayed or cancelled? Know your rights as passenger to get full refund

As per DGCA, airlines should provide food to passengers when facing delays. However, this rule is not fixed and varies based on the 'block time' of the flight. 'Block time' is simply the duration of..
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DGCA orders airlines to inspect emergency exits of Boeing 737-8 Max planes after Alaska Airlines incident

The directive comes in the wake of the Alaska Airlines incident involving Boeing 737 -9 Max aircraft.
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Alaska Airlines fallout: DGCA asks Indian carriers to immediately conduct one-time checks on emergency exits of their B737 MAX

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed Air India Express, Akasa Air and SpiceJet to "carry out a one time inspection of the emergency exits immediately on all Boeing 737-8 Max..
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'51% rise in aircraft induction by Indian carriers in 2023 over 2022': DGCA

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) allowed Indian carriers to wet lease 21 aircraft without operating crew to keep airfares in check. The 16 scheduled Indian carriers had 771 planes on..
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Avoidable flight diversions: DGCA issues notice to Air India and SpiceJet for 'not rostering trained pilots to Delhi' during foggy period

The DGCA has issued show cause notice to Air India and SpiceJet for not rostering CAT III compliant pilots, resulting in flight diversions during low visibility hours in Delhi. The notice requires a..
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Sky beckons: DGCA issues maximum pilot licences in 2023

India issued the highest ever number of commercial pilot licences (CPL) — 1,622 — last year, almost 40% more than 1,165 in 2022. Last year, 292 women got CPLs (18% of total issued) — 22% more..
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India issued highest ever commercial pilot licences in 2023; share of women in flight deck to rise

India issued a record number of commercial pilot licenses (CPL), with a significant percentage increase in women empowerment in the civil aviation sector. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation..
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Check B737 MAX for loose rudder nut, Boeing tells airlines; AI Express, Akasa & SpiceJet affected

Boeing has asked operators of Boeing 737 MAX globally, including Air India Express, SpiceJet, and Akasa, to inspect tie rods controlling rudder movement for loose hardware. The Directorate General of..
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IAF trial flight lands at new Ayodhya airport

A week before its inauguration, an Indian Air Force Boeing 737-700 BBJ made a trial landing at Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram Ayodhya airport on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to..
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Ayodhya Airport gets DGCA license


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Airlines need to prepare SOPs to tackle signal spoofing: Regulator

Pilots of Indian carriers will soon have their airlines’ ‘standard operating procedures’ to fall back on when faced with satellite signal jamming or spoofing, problems that could affect an..
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DGCA issues advisory circular on GNSS interference in airspace

The DGCA has released an advisory circular on GNSS interference in airspace, highlighting the emerging threats of jamming and spoofing. The circular establishes roles and responsibilities of..
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DGCA to make flying passenger-friendly

The government plans to review existing DGCA rules to make them more passenger-friendly and ensure airlines provide assistance to passengers affected by delays, cancellations, or denied boarding...
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DGCA fines Air India Rs 10 Lakh for service flaws, 2nd time since 2022


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'Aircraft as bribes': DGCA official suspended, government warns of 'disciplinary' action

A senior official from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India has been suspended following allegations of accepting bribes in the form of training aircraft from flying schools...
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DGCA to recertify maintenance organisation, continuous airworthiness management of Red Bird Flight school

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is recertifying the maintenance organization of Red Bird Flight Training Academy after an audit revealed deficiencies in aircraft maintenance. The DGCA..
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India's biggest flying school under scanner: DGCA finds lapses in Red Bird, re-certifying it 'afresh'

India's largest flying training organization, Red Bird, will remain suspended after the aviation regulator found lapses and decided to re-certify the organization. It is expected that the resumption of..
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‘UFO’ sparks 3-hour Imphal airspace closure

An unidentified flying object (UFO) was spotted over Imphal airport in India, leading to the closure of airspace and suspension of civilian flights for over three hours. The Indian Air Force (IAF)..
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Air India gets notice over facilities for passengers

Director General of Civil Aviation has issued a show-cause notice to Air India for not providing mandatory facilities to passengers who are denied boarding or whose flights are delayed/cancelled. This..
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DGCA proposes changes to flight crew duty norms

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has proposed changes to duty timings for flight crew to address concerns over fatigue. The proposed changes include more rest time for pilots, a weekly..
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Set up MRO in India: DGCA to Pratt & Whitney

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India has urged Pratt & Whitney (PW) to establish a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility in the country due to ongoing engine issues. PW..
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DGCA releases draft CAR on pilot work-rest rules

Responding to the increased complaints from airline pilots about their fatiguing work hours and its possible implications on flight safety, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday..
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Air India in dock for deploying aircraft with less emergency-use oxygen reserve than required for Delhi-US nonstop; DGCA seeks reply

Air India is being investigated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for using a Boeing 777 with insufficient emergency oxygen on a recent Delhi-US nonstop flight. The pilot refused to..
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More flights likely this winter despite collapse of GoAir

Despite the collapse of GoAir, Indian carriers could be operating more flights this winter than last year. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has approved 23,732 domestic departures per..
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DGCA suspends flying training at Redbird Aviation

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has indefinitely suspended flying training activities at Redbird Aviation after two accidents within a week and several others in recent months. The..
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DGCA allows AI to conditionally resume pilot training at Hyderabad & Mumbai centres


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Marut Drones gets DGCA type certification for small multi-utility drone category


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DGCA directs Air India not to use its Mumbai training organisation after finding deficiencies

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) directed AI to utilise its aviation training organisation (ATO) “only after suitably addressing the concerns of DGCA as raised subsequent to a spot..
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DGCA levies a Rs 30 lakh fine on IndiGo over systemic deficiencies leading to tail strikes

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has imposed a financial penalty of Rs 30 lakhs on IndiGo over tail strike incidents and the airline's alleged failure to fix certain systemic..
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IndiGo A321 tail strikes: DGCA fines airline Rs 30 lakh; orders changes in operational procedures

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday penalised IndiGo Rs 30 lakh for lapses that have led to as many as four tail strikes within six months this year alone on its Airbus A321..
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