DGCA notification on chopper corridor likely in a week

The DGCA will issue a notification for a dedicated chopper corridor at Delhi and Mumbai airports within a week

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is likely to issue a notification for a dedicated chopper corridor at Mumbai and Delhi airports within a week, a top official said on Thursday, reports PTI.

"We will issue a notification for a dedicated chopper corridor at Delhi and Mumbai airports within a week," director general of civil aviation, Nasim Zaidi, told reporters at the sidelines of an aviation conference at Hyderabad.

Once the notification is issued, (chopper) operations in the dedicated corridor will become operational, he said. The DGCA is also in the process of recruiting 550 technical staff. The entire exercise (of recruitment) should be completed within two years, he said.

"As a part of our expansion exercise, we plan to recruit 550 technical personnel and we are working on it," he said.

"In the meantime, we are hiring 200 technical officers and this exercise will be completed by September-October this year," the DGCA official said, adding that these 200 recruitments would be on a short-term contract basis.

On the formulation of Flight Duty Time Limitation (FDTL) of pilots, Mr Zaidi said that this would be done shortly. "We will finalise the FDTL report very soon," he said.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation has provided the DGCA with guiding principles.

"Based on these, we are supposed to formulate our own (principles)," he said. Mr Zaidi, however, did not give any timeframe for the proposed FDTL, adding that "there is no hard-and-fast rule about when we should come out with this. We already have rules and these are being revised."

He said that the new FDTL would be based on feedback received from all stakeholders. "We have heard everybody—we will come out with a solution soon," he said.
 
 

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