The DGCA extends the validity of the airworthiness certificate of the aircraft that can fly during closure

NEW DELHI: The aviation regulator's General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced Friday that it is temporarily extending the validity of the airworthiness review certificate (ARC) for all aircraft, which are allowed to operate during the 21-day blockade imposed by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus, until July 3.

The DGCA, in a circular, said that while domestic and international commercial passenger flights are not allowed until midnight on April 14, aircraft can fly if they are being used for cargo operations, medical evacuation flights, operations of helicopters and offshore flights, especially permitted. by the regulator.

Some of the aircraft intended for such operations may have their ARC expiring. This circular provides the procedure to extend the ARC validity of these aircraft for a limited period, the circular added.

The regulator said that if the ARC for such planes has expired on or after March 23, the operator should send an email to their regional office to obtain extended validity.

The circular is a temporary measure and is valid until July 3, 2020, or until the normal operation of the RAO (Regional Airworthiness Office)/Subregional Airworthiness Office (SRAO) in question, whichever occurs earlier, DGCA noted.

The aviation regulator clarified that once normal RAO ​​or SRAO operation resumes, the aircraft operator must request the regular extension of the ARC within a 15-day period.

In a separate circular, the DGCA said the validity of the licenses and authorizations, which have expired on or after March 22, for aircraft maintenance personnel will extend until July 3.

The aviation regulator has also extended other approvals granted to Indian companies under the Aircraft Rules, 1937 to July 3 of this year.

For foreign companies, the extension is until September 30.

So far 2,244 people have been infected and 56 have died from new coronaviruses in India, according to the Union health ministry.