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Monthly Archives: January 2019

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DGCA questions Jet Airways on its ability to maintain schedule

India’s second largest airline Jet Airways confirmed Wednesday, 30/01/2019 that it grounded four aircraft due to its lessors repossessing the equipment, a development that disrupted its schedule on Tuesday as it cancelled 19 flights due to the groundings. Further, it’s learnt from a senior official that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is monitoring the schedule of Jet Airways and has asked the Naresh Goyal-promoted airline if it will be able to maintain its schedule’s integrity.

In response to a query by the stock exchanges, Jet Airways said it has grounded one aircraft for scheduled termination of its engine’s lease and is also in the process of redelivering three aircraft to lessors due to the scheduled expiry of their respective lease terms. An e-mail query sent to Jet Airways on the DGCA’s intervention did not elicit a response at time of going to press.

DGCA had approved the airline’s winter schedule in two parts. “Out of the six-month long winter schedule, we only cleared a month’s schedule for Jet Airways. Later, only after assurance from the airline on availability of sufficient capacity and manpower, on November 15 we approved the schedule for the remaining five months,” the official had said.

In its filing to the exchanges on Wednesday, Jet Airways noted: “The company is making all efforts to minimise disruption to its network due to the above and is proactively informing and re-accommodating its affected guests. The company is also providing required updates to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.”

“The company is actively engaged with all its aircraft lessors, including GECAS, and regularly provides updates on efforts undertaken by it to improve its liquidity. Aircraft lessors have been supportive of the company’s efforts in this direction,” the airline added.

On account of the lease expiries, as per sources, one aircraft each has been grounded at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru. An airline source also said that the disruption on Wednesday was not as much as Tuesday since flight cancellations because of weather-related issues at some airports resulted in freed up capacity for the airline that it could redeploy. Jet on Monday said that it has sought shareholder approval to issue new equity and convert existing debt into equity among other things at a special general body meeting, indicating that banks are likely to convert part of the debt into equity. The company will also seek approval to allow its lenders to nominate directors to its board, the airline had said in a stock exchange filing. The company proposed that its share capital is increased to Rs 2,200 crore.

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Oral Examination of ATPLG / ATPCG October 2018 Session

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Oral Examination of ATPLG / ATPCG October 2018 Session eligibility list for can be viewed by clicking here.

The date venue and instructions for next examination to be held in February 2019 can be viewed here.

Candidates are advised to download their admit cards from pariksha.dgca.gov.in for appearing in oral examination.

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Air India Plane Suffers Damage During Take-Off, Tirupati Runway Closed

TIRUPATI: An Air India plane 541 was damaged while taking off from the Tirupati Airport on 29/01/2019 afternoon around 3 PM, reportedly because of the poor condition of its runway. Although none of the passengers suffered any injury in the incident, the aircraft was grounded at Hyderabad Airport as a safety precaution.

Sources quoted airport staffers as saying that objects and abrasive particles on the runway rose up during the take-off process, damaging the underside of the plane. The runway reportedly had to be closed after the incident, stranding many passengers.

While technical snags in aircraft are a regular occurrence, runways do not cause problems as often. Photos of the damaged aircraft show that holes were formed in the aircraft’s wings and some damage was also caused to its belly.

Air India flight damaged Tirupati airport Hyderabad
The damaged wing of the Air India flight after a foreign object hit it during takeoff.
A damaged wing of the Air India flight.
Some damage was also caused to the plane’s bally.

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Sky monopoly: Direct flights on 188 of 392 routes run by single players

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Increasing competition, rising costs and a growing market have prompted India’s airlines to pursue a strategy of operating routes in which only one player in the fray runs direct flights — they account for nearly half of around 392 routes in India, latest data show.

Data sourced from UK-based air travel intelligence firm OAG show that 188 air routes have direct flights operated by only one airline on that route, including Hyderabad-Raipur, Kolkata-Lucknow, Amritsar-Goa, Mumbai-Kanpur, Pune-Indore and Ahmedabad-Chandigarh.

Of these, 35 are operated under the UDAN scheme on which, as per the agreement with the government, carriers enjoy flying exclusivity of three years.

Of the 188 routes, data show, 108 are operated by the two largest budget carriers — IndiGo (61) and SpiceJet (47). The remaining 80 are operated by GoAir, Jet Airways, Air India, Air India Express, Alliance Air, Air Deccan, TruJet and Zoom Air.

The data, which is based on January 2019 figures filed by the airlines with OAG, also show that 123 of these routes do not involve any of the four metro airports — Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Ameya Joshi, a former aviation industry professional, told “The logic behind operating on monopoly routes is that if you are already flying on a route with high competition and are unable to command the pricing there, you would rather move to a route where you have no competition so you can charge higher fares.

He said there were three primary factors behind airlines launching routes where there is no competition. “If there’s a one-stop route between two airports that has been operated for years, some airline would start a direct route between the two destinations if there is sizeable traffic going between the two points. For example, the Delhi-Guwahati-Imphal route had been operational for years, and there was sizeable demand for the Delhi-Imphal sector that prompted AirAsia India to start that route. Then, IndiGo followed,” said Joshi, the founder of aviation analysis blog.

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Heathrow Turns to AI to Cut Gap Between Flights by 20 Seconds

London’s Heathrow airport will test an array of ultra high-definition cameras to help determine more accurately when its runways are clear of planes and cut the gap between flights by as much as 20 seconds.

If successful, the system will initially be deployed when Heathrow’s 285-foot control tower is shrouded in cloud — a situation that currently compels the airport to rely on radar readings to determine the position of jets. That in turn requires a bigger gap between flights, costing the hub nine landings an hour or 20 percent of the usual total.

Views from the cameras will be fed into an artificial intelligence platform from Canada’s Searidge Technologies Inc. that will interpret the images and reveal to controllers when a particular aircraft has cleared the runway, allowing them to clear the next flight to come in to land.

Air-traffic-services provider NATs will lead a trial study of more than 50,000 arrivals through March and present findings to the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority, potentially paving the way for the system to be deployed as early as this year.

The same technology could also control the airport’s $22 billion third runway due to open for flights by 2025, removing the need to construct a new control tower to oversee the strip north and west of the existing one.

The smaller London City airport is removing its tower altogether and deploying a mast with zoom cameras, allowing flights to be managed from the Swanwick control center more than 80 miles away.

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Indian Air Force Fighter Jet Crashes in Uttar Pradesh

An Indian Air Force “Jaguar” fighter crashed in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, in the north of India on 28/01/2019 at 10:57 am.

The jet was on a routine mission from Gorakhpur. The pilot manged to eject safely, according to reports.

“This morning, a Jaguar aircraft crashed while on a routine mission from Gorakhpur. The pilot ejected safely. A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident,” the Indian Air Force said a statement.

There is no information about the cause of the crash yet.

Authorities are investigating the accident.

Visuals from Kushinagar where an Indian Air Force Jaguar fighter plane crashed today, the pilot managed to eject safely. A court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident.

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Pilot Smoking In Cockpit Caused Nepal US-Bangla Plane Crash That Killed 51: Report

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: The US-Bangla airline Bombardier UBG-211 crash that occurred in March 2018, took place as the pilot, who was in charge of the flight had smoked inside the cockpit despite restrictions, authorities confirmed on Sunday 27 Jan 2019.

The company has a policy of ‘No Smoking’ in all the flights, domestic as well as international. The PIC (pilot in command) was a smoker as per information received by the commission. The commission concluded from CVR (cockpit voice recorder) record that PIC smoked in the cockpit during this flight. However, the operation department and other authorities may not have been sure about this safety violation by the PIC during flight, the Accident Investigation Commission formed to probe the reasons behind the crash of the airline stated in a statement.

The reports clarified that only tobacco was used during the flight duration and ruled out the use of any other sort of banned assorted items consumed during the flight time.

The Accident Investigation Commission determines that the probable cause of the accident is due to disorientation and a complete loss of situational awareness in the part of the crew member, the investigation committee said.

As many as 51 people lost their lives when the aircraft crashed immediately after landing on Nepal’s Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). The reports were published later after the investigation commission submitted it to the Nepali Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

The Accident Investigation Commission determines that the probable cause of the accident is due to disorientation and a complete loss of situational awareness in the part of the crew member. Contributing to this the aircraft was offset to the proper approach path that led to manoeuvres in a very dangerous and unsafe attitude to align with the runway. The landing was completed in sheer desperation after sighting the runway, at very close proximity and very low altitude. There was no attempt made to carry out a go-around when a go-around seemed possible until the last instant before touchdown on the runway, the statement read.

The post-mortem of the deceased, performed in the Department of Forensic Medicine in Kathmandu, found blunt force injury head to be the reason for the death of the passengers.

The report has pointed to the human discretion and the natural factor that contributed for the downing of the aircraft.

The aircraft failed to approach the runway in proper touchdown attitude; given that the aircraft attempted touchdown in extreme attitudes, the flight crew followed a non-prescribed procedure and that the situation was further complicated by prevailing westerly crosswind conditions at Kathmandu (VNKT), the aircraft departed the runway surface towards the southeasterly direction, the committee said.
Further adding, the report also blamed the control tower of the TIA and the crew for the incident.

The Cockpit Voice Recorder data revealed some confusion in communication within the terminal area between the crew and the air traffic controller (VNKT Tower) regarding intentions of the flight crew and clearances for runways 02 and 20. Some of the weakness on Air Traffic parts like poor monitoring the aircraft visually after giving landing clearance for RWY 02, confusion on issuing the instruction for a go-around through the ATC alerted the crew that the aircraft was proceeding towards runway 20 even the landing clearance was given for runway 02, the reports found.

On March 12 2018, the US Bangla Airlines while operating a scheduled passenger flight crashed about 442 meters southeast of the touchdown point of runway 20.

All four crew members of the airline, including two cockpit crew and two cabin crew, along with 45 passengers out of the total 67 aboard were killed during the accident. Two more passengers died later in the hospital during the course of treatment. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post-crash fire.

Pilot Smoking In Cockpit Caused Nepal US-Bangla Plane Crash That Killed 51: Report

The US Bangla Airlines had crashed about 442 meters southeast of the touchdown point. (File Picture)

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