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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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  • Strict enforcement, better compliance behind quantum leap in India’s aviation safety ranking: DGCA chief Dec 03, 2022 10:01 PM IST

    Strict enforcement, better compliance behind quantum leap in India’s aviation safety ranking: DGCA chief

    From lagging behind Nepal and Bangladesh, India now has a better safety ranking than China and Israel. This should help India-based airlines expand overseas

  • India jumps to 48th place in ICAO aviation safety ranking: DGCA officials Dec 03, 2022 08:34 PM IST

    India jumps to 48th place in ICAO aviation safety ranking: DGCA officials

    In the ranking, Singapore is at the top, followed by the UAE and South Korea at the second and third positions, respectively

  • SpiceJet flight from Saudi's Jeddah makes emergency landing in Kochi: Reports Dec 02, 2022 08:16 PM IST

    SpiceJet flight from Saudi's Jeddah makes emergency landing in Kochi: Reports

    The emergency landing was carried out due to a hydraulic failure, the DGCA reportedly said. All the 197 passengers onboard were evacuated safely after the plane landed.

  • Recovery visible in aviation sector, pushing for greater manufacturing in India: Jyotiraditya Scindia Nov 25, 2022 07:59 PM IST

    Recovery visible in aviation sector, pushing for greater manufacturing in India: Jyotiraditya Scindia

    Jyotiraditya Scindia said the aviation industry has received a boost with added infrastructure, pointing out that more regional and last-mile connecting flights have been started, especially linking the northeast region of the country.

  • What the latest DGCA data reveals about Air India, its allied airlines and competitors Nov 23, 2022 04:52 PM IST

    What the latest DGCA data reveals about Air India, its allied airlines and competitors

    The three Tata group airlines — Air India, Vistara and AirAsia India — had an aggregate market share of 25.9% in October. But there’s much more to be read in the numbers for the month.

  • COVID-19 | DGCA lifts mask mandate for air travel, says it's no longer compulsory Nov 16, 2022 06:08 PM IST

    COVID-19 | DGCA lifts mask mandate for air travel, says it's no longer compulsory

    The in-flight announcements henceforth may only mention that in view of the threat posed by COVID-19, all passengers should preferably use mask/face covers, the civil aviation ministry said.

  • Jaipur International Airport Limited receives Aerodrome licence from DGCA Nov 12, 2022 03:12 PM IST

    Jaipur International Airport Limited receives Aerodrome licence from DGCA

    The licence is given to an airport operator for ensuring complete management of the airport in accordance with the concession agreement.

  • Competitive skies: Challenges loom for country's largest carrier IndiGo Nov 06, 2022 04:30 PM IST

    Competitive skies: Challenges loom for country's largest carrier IndiGo

    Aviation industry veteran and analyst Captain Ranganathan said IndiGo has fairly safe operations but there seems to be the element of becoming bigger in size.

  • IndiGo fire scare: Plane suffered 'engine stall'; surge in airflow caused fire in engine exhaust, say DGCA sources Oct 29, 2022 10:09 PM IST

    IndiGo fire scare: Plane suffered 'engine stall'; surge in airflow caused fire in engine exhaust, say DGCA sources

    The investigation so far has revealed that ''no. 2 engine stall'' occurred leading to surging of the airflow in the engine. Due to the surge, momentary fire was seen in the engine exhaust, the sources said.

  • DGCA allows IndiGo to wet lease wide-body planes for only up to six months Oct 27, 2022 01:37 PM IST

    DGCA allows IndiGo to wet lease wide-body planes for only up to six months

    IndiGo, which currently has only narrow-body planes in its fleet, decided to lease wide-body aircraft to operate more flights on international routes to meet rising demand.

  • Govt to create 'substantial' number of posts at DGCA to enhance safety oversight Oct 23, 2022 03:48 PM IST

    Govt to create 'substantial' number of posts at DGCA to enhance safety oversight

    Responding to a recent communication by Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, the civil aviation minister also said the DGCA has completed as many as 202 surveillance inspections in this fiscal so far

  • DGCA allows 21,941 flights departures per week, 1.6% lower YoY Oct 21, 2022 01:52 PM IST

    DGCA allows 21,941 flights departures per week, 1.6% lower YoY

    Last year the winter schedule had seen a 4.4 percent reduction.

  • Jeypore airport in Odisha gets DGCA approval for commercial flight ops Oct 20, 2022 10:25 PM IST

    Jeypore airport in Odisha gets DGCA approval for commercial flight ops

    Describing it as a "milestone", the Ministry of Civil Aviation said the airport, 33 km northwest of Koraput town and around 500 km southwest of Bhubaneswar, would boost tourism and development of the region.

  • September domestic air traffic rises 46.5% YoY to 103.55 lakh passengers Oct 19, 2022 11:58 AM IST

    September domestic air traffic rises 46.5% YoY to 103.55 lakh passengers

    The air traffic, however, is lower than pre-COVID levels. In September 2019, domestic airlines flew 115.33 lakh passengers

  • SpiceJet’s operations unlikely to be disrupted by scrutiny of Q400 aircraft Oct 18, 2022 01:22 PM IST

    SpiceJet’s operations unlikely to be disrupted by scrutiny of Q400 aircraft

    The regulator asked the airline to take enhanced safety measures after smoke entered the cabin of a Q400 aircraft, but hasn’t grounded any planes or curtailed its schedule further.

  • SpiceJet incident: DGCA orders various inspections of Q400 fleet, analysis of engine oil samples Oct 18, 2022 07:49 AM IST

    SpiceJet incident: DGCA orders various inspections of Q400 fleet, analysis of engine oil samples

    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has also asked the carrier to conduct an inspection of the bleed-off valve screen and housing for evidence of oil wetness.

  • SpiceJet crew told flyers to pray as smoke filled cabin: Report Oct 15, 2022 01:15 PM IST

    SpiceJet crew told flyers to pray as smoke filled cabin: Report

    The crew on board a SpiceJet flight from Goa to Hyderabad reportedly told passengers to start praying as smoke filled the cabin mid-journey.

  • SpiceJet plane makes emergency landing at Hyderabad airport; DGCA orders probe Oct 13, 2022 11:37 AM IST

    SpiceJet plane makes emergency landing at Hyderabad airport; DGCA orders probe

    The plane landed safely and passengers disembarked through the emergency exit. One passenger sustained minor scratches on the feet while disembarking from the aircraft, a DGCA official said.

  • New ARFF station to be commissioned at Thiruvananthapuram Airport Oct 12, 2022 07:04 PM IST

    New ARFF station to be commissioned at Thiruvananthapuram Airport

    The new building is constructed as per the standards of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Director General of Civil Aviation(DGCA) and Civil Aviation Requirements, an official statement said here.

  • Jet Airways says it has not finalised deal to lease aircraft from any lessor yet Oct 06, 2022 09:32 PM IST

    Jet Airways says it has not finalised deal to lease aircraft from any lessor yet

    The airline's statement comes after multiple publications over the last week reported that the airline has entered into a lease agreement with Dublin-based lessor Avolon to lease A320 aircraft.

  • Reliance, Adani-backed drone manufacturers among recipients of Type Certification from DGCA Oct 06, 2022 02:49 PM IST

    Reliance, Adani-backed drone manufacturers among recipients of Type Certification from DGCA

    Type Certification is necessary for regulatory compliance as per Drone Rules 2021. It is also essential to comply with international ISO/IEC17065 standards and also for taking part in the government procurement process.

  • DGCA schedule restriction is no big deal for SpiceJet Sep 22, 2022 09:41 AM IST

    DGCA schedule restriction is no big deal for SpiceJet

    The troubled airline has anyway been operating way below approved schedule. Only problem us SpiceJet will miss out on the peak Diwali rush while competitors will make a killing.

  • Akasa Air to launch Delhi-Bengaluru, Delhi-Ahmedabad flights from October 7 Sep 16, 2022 06:10 PM IST

    Akasa Air to launch Delhi-Bengaluru, Delhi-Ahmedabad flights from October 7

    Akasa Air also plans to start a new flight on the Ahmedabad-Bengaluru route from October 7

  • Go First to delay IPO plans again till November on weak consumer sentiment Sep 09, 2022 05:46 PM IST

    Go First to delay IPO plans again till November on weak consumer sentiment

    The company says it has been advised to wait for the new ATF pricing mechanism to kick in before firming up IPO plans. The new mechanism is expected to help airlines predict ATF price movements based on international prices and help them be better prepared in case global crude prices rise.

  • IndiGo's Delhi-Udaipur flight faces snag; DGCA grounds aircraft Sep 02, 2022 07:43 AM IST

    IndiGo's Delhi-Udaipur flight faces snag; DGCA grounds aircraft

    The DGCA will probe the incident. This was the second such incident on Thursday of a plane returning to the Delhi airport due to technical issues.