New Delhi, April 18: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday told the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that no pilot should fly for over 125 hours, 30 days in a row. The court added that “making pilots overwork is dangerous for the safety of the passengers”. Also Read - GoAir Offers Flight Tickets at Discounted Fares Starting Rs 859 | Check Details
In February, the HC had instructed the aviation regulator to bring out fresh directives regarding the duty and off hours of the cabin crew within 12 weeks. Media reports said Justice Vibhu Bakri passed the order on the plea of an NGO and also some Air India cabin crew on long-haul flights that the current Civil Aviation Requirements did not take into account the fatigue they experienced on long flights vis-a-vis their off time. The DGCA is responsible for bringing out CARs on issues regarding operation and safety of airlines. The High Court observed that this particular CAR was “irrational, inhumane and exploitative in nature”. Also Read - Domestic Flights: IndiGo to Start Services to Agra From Bengaluru, Bhopal From March 28
A couple of days ago, Bombay High Court, while hearing a plea for directions to civil aviation authorities over the continued failure of Pratt & Whitney engines, had asked the DGCA to not blindly follow the international guidelines but use its own “independent mind” to ensure passengers’ safety. It also asked the DGCA to take steps to ensure that the modified engines of affected GoAir and Indigo aircraft met all safety standards. The direction followed the Centre’s contention that it was happy with the efforts of the DGCA in the matter. Also Read - Domestic Flights: Centre Plans to Allow Airlines to Start Services at 100% Capacity Soon
The Delhi High Court had also asked the DGCA about the action taken on faulty aircraft.