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Operations at 2 flying schools in New Delhi suspended

New Delhi, June 25

The Directorate General of Civil Aviations (DGCA) has stopped operations at two flying training schools located in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, respectively, because of serious safety concerns. In one case, the runway was found not suitable for flying operations. During the inspection, it was observed that the runway had loose gravel and uneven surface. Flying in this school has been stopped till the runway was repaired and found fit for flying.

In the second case, it was observed that three aircraft of the flying school had dysfunctional fuel gauge indicators, and yet these were being operated. Flying operations at this school have been stopped for three weeks. It will be allowed to operate only when things are in order. DGCA chief Arun Kumar had ordered a special safety audit of 32 functional flying schools in the country, that began on March 21, 2022. Thirty schools were audited at first and a series of lapses were discovered after which action like suspending the licence of one school and a series of actions against other erring schools, including grounding of chief flying instructors, were initiated.

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