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by on May 30, 2012
An engine of a Jet Airways flightwith 158 passengers on board caught fire after landing at Mumbai airport early on Monday. While the flames were doused minutes after being detected and all the flyers were deplaned safely, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation ( DGCA) categorized it as a "serious incident". According to officials, preliminary reports suggested that fuel leakage could have caused the fire. "Usually, leakage in one of the fuel pipes triggers a fire in the engine. The situation ...
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by on May 30, 2012
Loss-making Air India may soon go the Kingfisher way by severely pruning flights and reducing its requirement for pilots, 400 of whom have been on strike for three weeks now. With a majority of its routes making huge losses and some not even covering the cost of fuel, aviation minister Ajit Singh on Monday set up a panel to examine the network and recommend how the fortunes of loss-making ones could be turned around. Importantly, the panel will recommend if some routes simply have no hope of bec...
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by on May 29, 2012
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by on May 29, 2012
Airfield markings In the good old, bad old days, airfields were just that..... a field. A pilot may well have found it by following a road or railway line, and just to make sure, the name of the airfield was often painted in large letters on the hanger roof. A low and slow pass over the field to see the wind sock and the pilot would then land into the wind. Like everything else in this world, things have got a lot more complicated than that. Trainee pilots at first become very concerned that th...
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by on May 29, 2012
Runway lighting and markings Runways may intersect each other. The additional runways enable aircraft to land into the wind. Single runways can be difficult if there is a strong crosswind. Where there is only one runway, every effort is made to build the alignment in the direction of the prevailing wind. <table id="table2" style="border-collapse: collapse;" width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%">Single</td> <td width="50%"></td> </t...
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by on May 29, 2012
Taxiway lighting and markings The most important rule to remember is that any sign that has white letters on red is mandatory. Usually they mark points that must not be passed without permission from air traffic control. Taxiways should have centreline markings and runway holding position markings whenever they intersect a runway. Taxiway edge markings are present whenever there is a need to separate the taxiway from a pavement that is not intended for aircraft use or to delineate the edge of th...
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by on May 29, 2012
Approach indicators  (VASIs & PAPIs) A pilot should always be able to control his/her descent down onto the runway in good visibility. However, many airfields operate approach indicators. These are a range of lights alongside the runway placed just after the threshold. T Visual Approach Slope Indicators (VASI) are normally used both during the day and night. They provide the pilot with an “onslope” glideslope angle of approximately 3 degrees, depending on the local authority rules, which normall...
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by on May 16, 2012
Aircraft maintenance is one of the most important subject when we talk about the safety of an aircraft. Aircraft maintenance is the overhaul, repair, inspection or modification of an aircraft or aircraft component.Maintenance includes the installation or removal of a component from an aircraft or aircraft subassembly, but does not include:-Elementary work, such as removing and replacing tires, inspection plates, spark plugs, checking cylinder compression, etc.Servicing, such as refueling, washin...
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by on May 16, 2012
The licences of 11 office-bearers of the Indian Pilots Guild may be suspended or cancelled depending on their reply to the showcause notice issued to them by the directorate general of civil aviation. "Air India had terminated the 11 office-bearers of the Indian Pilots Guild for irresponsible conduct and the company had approached DGCA asking us to cancel their licences. I have issued showcause notices to those pilots, giving seven days to reply. If their reasons are not satisfactory, we will ei...
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by on May 12, 2012
Noting that private airlines have suddenly raised fares by upto 20 per cent on certain sectors in view of Air India strike, DGCA today warned them against hiking fares beyond their band, saying the cost of operation has not undergone any major change over the past two months.The DGCA order came in the wake of MPs raising the issue in Parliament yesterday and asking the government to act."It has been brought to the notice of the DGCA through search of websites of airlines and media reports as wel...
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by on May 11, 2012
  Police confirmed that several important documents pertaining to the investigations into commercial pilot licence(CPL) examination for co-pilots have gonemissing from the DGCA office. They said no action could be initiated till the documents, allegedly forged marksheets, are given to them by DGCA. Sources said that among the documents missing are those belonging to two accused pilots Brahm Prakash and Saif Mirza. Earlier, papers related to another accused, co-pilot Gaurav Jain, who was then on ...
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by on May 11, 2012
MAY 7 2012 Aircrafts flying without a mandatory security system: Officials  In spite of the exceptionally high threat to aviation security, a large number of aircraftoperating in India are flying without a mandatory security system that allows pilots to watch what is happening outside the cockpit while in flight, official sources said today. This is happening even as there are specific rules under the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) framed by aviation regulator DGCA which make it mandatory t...
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