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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a regulatory body under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, primarily deals with safety issues in the aviation space. It is responsible for the regulation of air transport services to/from/within India and for enforcement of civil air regulations, air safety, and airworthiness standards. The DGCA also coordinates all regulatory functions with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). It was formed under the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and is headquartered in New Delhi. DGCA investigates aviation accidents and incidents, maintains all regulations related to aviation and is responsible for the issuance of licences pertaining to aviation. It has fourteen Regional Airworthiness Offices (RAO) and five Regional Air Safety offices. However, soon the government is planning to replace the organisation with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), modelled on the lines of the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). At present, the DGCA is understaffed and does not have any recruitment powers. The CAA will have administrative and financial powers similar to those of the American FAA. These powers will redefine the regulator's role and better equip it to face the challenges of the growing Aviation sector in the country. Employees working with DGCA will be transferred to the CAA. More

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  • Recent incidents isolated, says SpiceJet amid DGCA show cause notice Jul 06, 2022 04:41 PM IST

    Recent incidents isolated, says SpiceJet amid DGCA show cause notice

    The DGCA found that SpiceJet failed to establish a safe, efficient and reliable air service.

  • Bangkok-Delhi Vistara flight lands at Delhi airport on single engine Jul 06, 2022 04:40 PM IST

    Bangkok-Delhi Vistara flight lands at Delhi airport on single engine

    The second engine of the Bangkok to Delhi Vistara flight was shut down post runway vacation

  • SpiceJet gets DGCA notice over ‘poor safety oversight’ Jul 06, 2022 01:52 PM IST

    SpiceJet gets DGCA notice over ‘poor safety oversight’

    SpiceJet has reported three safety incidents in the last 24 hours and at least the eighth incident of technical malfunction happening on aircraft just within the last 18 days.

  • MC Explains| Why were IndiGo's flights delayed on July 2 and July 3? Jul 04, 2022 07:22 PM IST

    MC Explains| Why were IndiGo's flights delayed on July 2 and July 3?

    Indigo flights were delayed across the country on July 2 and 3, because a large number of employees took last-minute leave, ostensibly to attend the walk-in interviews for hiring cabin crew by Air India and Air India Express.

  • Kerala govt sanctions Rs 23.34 lakh to help 20-year-old become India's first transgender airline pilot Jul 04, 2022 12:26 PM IST

    Kerala govt sanctions Rs 23.34 lakh to help 20-year-old become India's first transgender airline pilot

    The amount will be used to help the aspirant to pursue a three-year training course at the Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology in Thiruvananthapuram, CNBC TV18 reported.

  • Jet Airways likely to sign deal for new planes in next couple of weeks: Sources Jun 28, 2022 05:58 PM IST

    Jet Airways likely to sign deal for new planes in next couple of weeks: Sources

    At the moment Jet Airways has not made a final decision on the type of aircraft it wants to procure and the contract is mostly going to depend on the manufacturer’s ability to deliver planes in a timely manner.

  • DGCA stops operations at 2 flying training schools due to safety concerns Jun 25, 2022 09:08 PM IST

    DGCA stops operations at 2 flying training schools due to safety concerns

    "The flying operations at this school (the second case) has been stopped for three weeks. It will be allowed to operate only when things are in order," the regulator noted.

  • Domestic air traffic jumps 11% sequentially in May to 1.2 crore: DGCA Jun 22, 2022 03:55 PM IST

    Domestic air traffic jumps 11% sequentially in May to 1.2 crore: DGCA

    The numbers indicate that the air traffic has inched closer to the pre-pandemic level, as the domestic airlines had cumulatively ferried a total of 1.22 crore passengers in May 2019.

  • SpiceJet, curiously, is not flying metro routes. Why is that? Jun 20, 2022 04:56 PM IST

    SpiceJet, curiously, is not flying metro routes. Why is that?

    The airline has delayed Q4FY22 and full-year FY22 results citing a ransomware attack so the latest financials are not known. But in the third quarter—the best post-COVID lockdown—the airline clocked a revenue of Rs 2,259 crore.

  • Government to start discussions this week on removing airfare price caps Jun 20, 2022 03:09 PM IST

    Government to start discussions this week on removing airfare price caps

    The lower end of the fare band was put in place to help airlines that had been struggling financially due to travel restrictions. The upper limit was imposed so that passengers are not charged huge amounts when demand for seats is high.

  • Moneycontrol Selects: Top stories this evening Jun 16, 2022 07:21 PM IST

    Moneycontrol Selects: Top stories this evening

    Our specially curated package of the most interesting articles of the day will help you stay at the top of your game.

  • Airline will have to pay Rs 10,000 fine if boarding is denied on valid ticket: DGCA Jun 14, 2022 01:37 PM IST

    Airline will have to pay Rs 10,000 fine if boarding is denied on valid ticket: DGCA

    DGCA says airlines will have to pay a compensation of upto Rs 10,000 if a passenger holding a valid ticket is denied boarding

  • MC Travel Special | Best domestic airline by customer service Jun 12, 2022 05:09 PM IST

    MC Travel Special | Best domestic airline by customer service

    According to DGCA’s April 2022 data, Air Asia was the most punctual airline, most complaints were filed against Air India, FlyBig topped the cancellation list, while Indigo flew the highest number of passengers (64.11 lakhs) and grabbed the largest market share (58.9 percent). Vistara was ranked No.1 in the Best Airline Staff in India/Southern Asia category of 2021 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

  • DGCA makes face mask mandatory at airports across India as COVID-19 cases on the rise again Jun 08, 2022 05:03 PM IST

    DGCA makes face mask mandatory at airports across India as COVID-19 cases on the rise again

    The DGCA has asked airports and airlines to treat passengers refusing to wear masks or violating COVID-19 protocol as "Unruly Passengers".

  • Aviation watchdog uses sharper teeth to punish wrongdoing by airports, airlines Jun 08, 2022 02:48 PM IST

    Aviation watchdog uses sharper teeth to punish wrongdoing by airports, airlines

    Speculation had arisen that imposition of fines by the regulator is the government’s way of exercising greater control over aviation after the transfer of Air India to the Tata Group. Experts say there’s no link.   

  • DGCA orders probe after Air Arabia flight lands in Ahmedabad following distress call Jun 07, 2022 03:53 PM IST

    DGCA orders probe after Air Arabia flight lands in Ahmedabad following distress call

    The Abu Dhabi-Chittagong flight developed an engine snag mid-air, and was forced to make an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport.

  • Watch: Helicopter bounces and turns while landing in Kedarnath, probe ordered Jun 07, 2022 03:15 PM IST

    Watch: Helicopter bounces and turns while landing in Kedarnath, probe ordered

    Footage of the helicopter’s hard landing has prompted aviation regulator DGCA to launch a probe into the incident.

  • SpiceJet bars 90 pilots from flying 737 Max till re-training is complete as DGCA wants Jun 06, 2022 12:51 PM IST

    SpiceJet bars 90 pilots from flying 737 Max till re-training is complete as DGCA wants

    SpiceJet’s said that this restriction does not impact operations of Max aircraft as it has adequately trained pilots

  • Airlines can't deny boarding to person with disability without doctor permission: DGCA Jun 03, 2022 07:13 PM IST

    Airlines can't deny boarding to person with disability without doctor permission: DGCA

    The Indian aviation regulator said that airlines from June 3 will first have to consult a doctor and get the doctor to certify if a person with a disability cannot be allowed to board.

  • COVID-19: Delhi HC calls for strict action against air passengers violating masking, hygiene norms Jun 03, 2022 01:53 PM IST

    COVID-19: Delhi HC calls for strict action against air passengers violating masking, hygiene norms

    The high court said all such persons, who are found to be violating these norms, should be booked and fined and they should be placed on the no-fly list and added that it is essential to introduce sufficient deterrence to enforce compliance of norms.

  • DGCA imposes Rs 10 lakh fine on Air Vistara for violating safety norms Jun 02, 2022 10:45 AM IST

    DGCA imposes Rs 10 lakh fine on Air Vistara for violating safety norms

    The airline has been fined for violation of takeoff and landing clearance given to first officers without conducting any training.

  • DGCA imposes Rs 10 lakh penalty on SpiceJet for using faulty simulator to train pilots May 30, 2022 07:05 PM IST

    DGCA imposes Rs 10 lakh penalty on SpiceJet for using faulty simulator to train pilots

    DGCA observed training imparted by SpiceJet could have adversely effected flight safety.

  • DGCA imposes Rs 5 lakh penalty on IndiGo for denying boarding to special child May 28, 2022 03:48 PM IST

    DGCA imposes Rs 5 lakh penalty on IndiGo for denying boarding to special child

    Handling of the special child by the IndiGo ground staff was deficient , which in-turn ended up exacerbating the situation, according to a press release from the aviation regulator

  • DGCA warns airlines against offering unserviceable seats to passengers May 24, 2022 07:19 PM IST

    DGCA warns airlines against offering unserviceable seats to passengers

    According to rules, all materials including the aircraft seat need to conform to approved design specifications and airlines cannot sell seats to flyers that do not meet DGCA specifications.

  • At least 140 flights delayed till now due to thunderstorm in Delhi May 23, 2022 09:17 AM IST

    At least 140 flights delayed till now due to thunderstorm in Delhi

    "Around four international flights and 16 domestic flights have been delayed for multiple hours, but till now no flight has been diverted or canceled and things are improving now," an official aware of the development told Moneycontrol.

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