DGCA will curb hasty driving on tarmacs as cases of vehicles hitting planes or engines fire

NEW DELHI: Alarmed by the sharp increase in the number of land accidents in Indian airports and planes or engines that were hit by vehicles, the aviation regulator decided to carry out a airport security audit . The regulator issued a new set of strict rules on Friday to ensure that the equipment is used on the runway or asphalt and vehicles that are driven in such a way that these accidents are avoidable, which costs airlines a lot due to the putting to ground of damaged airplanes.

After two months, we will begin periodic audits to ensure compliance (with the new rules) that will lead to greater security in the boarding area, said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation ( DGCA ) Chief Arun Kumar, who has now put in place strict controls for people driving vehicles on tarmacs and ordered that operators have to ensure that vehicles are completely safe to drive and that drivers have the required knowledge of the rules of driving in the air

“As Indian airports get busier in view of the exponential growth in civil aviation, the number of ground incidents at Indian airports involving aircraft are also increasing. Since January 2019, seven ground incidents have been reported at Delhi airport involving various aircraft, ”says a DGCA order issued on Friday. The incidents at Delhi include cases of plans and aircraft engines being hit by ground power unit, ladder and a toilet cart.

So far this year, Mumbai airport has seen airplanes hit by a land tractor, an empty container car and a container flying during a storm. Similar cases have also been witnessed in Hyderabad, Chennai, Cochin, Tirupati, Rajkot and other airports.

“In order to curb such incidents, DGCA has developed a detailed checklist to benchmark safety standards on airside of airport…. checking ground facilities like equipment, passenger boarding bridge, condition of apron/marking/lighting, availability of foreign object debris bins, ”says the order.

With regard to vehicles and drivers, he says: To regulate the movement of vehicles in the boarding area, controls include the aptitude of the vehicle, as well as the aptitude of the drivers and their knowledge regarding the geography of the aerodrome, aerodrome signs, marks, lighting, radio telephone operation procedures, terms and phrases used in air operations, adequate training to drive/operate the relevant vehicle/equipment and the training of employees working in the air zone. The checklist also includes the change of the aircraft and general safety procedures, such as the fueling of the aircraft, the recoil, the trailer, the classification, the mooring and the arrival and departure of the aircraft.