IGRUA FTO trainee aircraft crash lands in UP, DGCA orders probe

Radhika Bansal

14 Jun 2022

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday, June 13 ordered a probe into the incident of forced landing by a trainee aircraft from the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) at Fursatganj in Uttar Pradesh's Raebareli.

"IGRUA DA-40 aircraft VT-FGC involved in solo at IGRUA, Fursatganj Airfield Raebareli made a forced landing outside the Aerodrome boundary due to suspected power loss.The student pilot was released after the third solo check. Student pilot has 26:50 dual and one hour of solo experience. The student pilot is safe, however, the aircraft has suffered damages."DGCA Official

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, June 7, a Red Bird flight training organisation (FTO) Tecnam P2008 aircraft had a hard landing on Baramati runway in Maharashtra, in which there has been a heavy impact on the aircraft's nose landing gear.

IGRUA FTO trainee aircraft crash lands in UP, DGCA orders probe

However, on June 6, Cessna 152 aircraft VT-EUW of Gati-- a pilot training organisation-- crashed near Birasal airstrip in Odisha. In the accident, the propeller and nosewheel of the aircraft got damaged while the student pilot received minor injuries.

The incident took place after the said aircraft went out of the runway during the take-off roll when it was engaged in a solo circuit and landing at the Birasal airstrip.

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A Cessna 152 aircraft VT-EUW belonging to Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI) goes out of runway during take-off roll while engaged in solo circuit and landing at Birasal (Odisha).

A trainer aircraft crashed in Telangana’s Nalgonda on Saturday, February 26. The female trainee pilot, identified as 28-year-old G Mahima from Tamil Nadu, died in the crash. The details of other people on board are yet to be known. 

The aircraft – a Flytech Aviation Cessna 152 – had taken off from Macherla in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that it hit an electric pole before crashing to the ground.

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SpiceJet obtains certifications for international cargo operations in the EU and UK

Radhika Bansal

14 Jun 2022

SpiceJet on Monday, June 13 announced that it has secured RA3 (Regulated Agent Third country) and ACC3 (Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport) certifications.

The certifications will allow SpiceJet to not only transport mail and cargo on its airplanes under its Air Operator Permit but also handle cargo and mail of other airlines for transporting to or via the European Union and the United Kingdom, airline officials said.

“These certifications are an attestation of our commitment to aviation safety and adherence to the highest and most stringent security standards in our operations. The new certifications will help SpiceJet gain new business opportunities from international airlines, freight forwarders, cargo agents, international couriers as it allows us to seamlessly carry cargo both to and via the European Union and the United Kingdom.” Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet

SpiceJet successfully cleared stringent cargo security audit and on-site verification to check compliance with the latest standards in European Union and the United Kingdom.

ACC3 and RA3 are supply chain security initiatives designed by the European Union to secure and regulate inbound air cargo and mail coming in from other countries.

ACC3 and RA3 are supply chain security initiatives designed by the European Union to secure and regulate inbound air cargo and mail coming in from other countries.

Currently, the airline’s operations at airports in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Ahmedabad and Kochi are ACC3 certified for both EU and the UK. Kolkata is certified for EU operations and is expected to receive certification for UK operations soon.

Similarly, SpiceJet operations at Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Kochi airports are RA3 certified for both EU and the UK while the airport in Goa is RA3 certified for EU and will soon be certified for the UK.

Air carriers that fly cargo or mail from a non-EU airport to an EU airport (ACC3) must ensure that all cargo and mail carried to the EU is physically screened or comes from a secure supply chain which is validated according to the EU regulations.

SpiceJet obtains certifications for international cargo operations in the EU and UK

SpiceXpress is an Indian cargo carrier headquartered in Delhi. The carrier is a dedicated cargo subsidiary of SpiceJet, operating international and domestic services to destinations worldwide using narrowbody equipment.

It is the first scheduled domestic airline to launch dedicated air cargo services in India. SpiceJet acquired a Boeing 737-700F on an operating lease for the cargo carrier. SpiceXpress launched service operations in September 2018, with a Delhi-Bengaluru service.

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In November 2021, SpiceJet chairman and MD Ajay Singh reported the LCC expects to complete the process of transferring its cargo and logistics services on a slump sale basis to its subsidiary SpiceXpress by the end of 2021.

SpiceXpress is a dedicated cargo subsidiary of SpiceJet, operating international and domestic services to destinations worldwide using narrowbody equipment.

Mr Singh said SpiceXpress will commence operations as a separate entity in January 2022. The logistics arm has a network that spans over 68 domestic and over 110 international destinations including the US, Europe and Africa.

The expansion of the cargo business remains crucial for the airline as in a pandemic hit global environment, the cargo operations have significantly aided the revenues of the airline. In Oct-Dec, cargo revenues contributed 35% to overall revenues compared to 22% in the year-ago period of the airline.

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CIDCO gives 2,866 acres of land to Adani for the development of Navi Mumbai airport

Radhika Bansal

13 Jun 2022

The Maharashtra government’s town planning authority, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), has handed over the entire 2,866 acres of land to Adani Enterprises, the concessionaire for the development of greenfield Navi Mumbai International Airport.

CIDCO has managed to evict all 3,070 structures in the project area of the proposed international airport, which will be the second airport for the country’s financial capital. The town planning body is also close to completing the rehabilitation of more than 5,000 families from the villages that fall under the area.

With this, CIDCO has achieved an important milestone in the development of the airport project, which is being developed by Navi Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (NMIAL), a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises.

CIDCO gives 2,866 acres of land to Adani for the development of Navi Mumbai airport

CIDCO is developing the international airport project on an area of or over 2,866 acres (1160 hectares) by acquiring 10 villages in the Panvel area of Raigad district near Mumbai.

Considering the contribution made by the PAPs from these villages for a nationally important project, CIDCO has already provided them with a comprehensive rehabilitation package as approved by the government of Maharashtra.

“CIDCO has successfully completed the important milestones of the airport project to date due to the cooperation of the PAPs (project-affected persons) of Navi Mumbai International Airport. The challenging task of clearing the airport site was no exception to it. The work of Navi Mumbai International Airport is proceeding as per the scheduled timelines and the project is on track."Sanjay Mukherjee, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, CIDCO

As part of this package, for the rehabilitation of those affected by the airport project, CIDCO is developing Pushpak Nagar, a complete rehabilitation and resettlement area with all the physical, social and cultural infrastructure near the airport area.

Public buildings, churches as well as public and privately owned a total of 56 temples have been relocated to the rehabilitation area and the idols have been shifted with the support of the PAPs.

“For this international airport project, CIDCO received excellent cooperation from the PAPs at every stage. So far, 3,070 buildings in the airport core area have been evicted by CIDCO. Rehabilitation of more than 5,000 families from these evicted buildings to the rehabilitation and resettlement area is near to completion."City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO)

A total of 27 constructions including community temples, schools and cemeteries have also been evicted. It has also completed all necessary and important pre-development works in the airport area.

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In March, Adani Enterprises’s subsidiary and concessionaire Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Ltd announced achieving financial closure for the greenfield international airport with the execution of financing documents with the State Bank of India. The SBI has underwritten the entire debt requirement of INR 12,770 crore for the airport project.

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Navi Mumbai International Airport is a proposed green field airport project located in Mumbai’s Kopra-Panvel area. Navi Mumbai will be Mumbai's second airport. Upon its completion, Mumbai will be the first city in India to have more than one airport. 

The airport is being built through a public-private partnership between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Government of Maharashtra, together with Mumbai International Airports Ltd (MIAL) who is expected to hold 74% of the equity.

The airport will be able to host new-generation aircraft like the A380 and Boeing 747-8. India plans to issue a 30-year concession tender for the development and operation of the airport. 

Following 30 years of operation, a 10-year extension will be awarded based on the operational performance of the airport operator.

India's Ministry of Civil Aviation stated that any extension beyond 40 years and before 60 years of operation will be done using a bidding process, and the existing promoter has the right of first refusal.

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AirAsia India's 2 aircraft return to Delhi within 6 hours due to technical snags mid-air

Radhika Bansal

13 Jun 2022

AirAsia India's two A320 aircraft, which were heading from Delhi to Srinagar, returned to the national capital as they faced technical snags mid-air within approximately six hours on Saturday, June 11.

The Delhi-Srinagar flight I5-712, which was being operated on A320 aircraft with registration number VT-APJ, took off from the Delhi airport at around 11:55 AM. After the plane was mid-air for about half an hour, the pilot announced that the aircraft (VT-APJ) is facing a technical snag.

A320 VT-APJ aircraft safely returned to Delhi airport at around 1:45 PM with all the passengers.

AirAsia India's 2 aircraft return to Delhi within 6 hours due to technical snags mid-air

Another A320 aircraft with registration number VT-RED was arranged by the airline to conduct the I5-712 flight so that the stranded passengers could be taken to Srinagar.

Sometime after the second plane took off, the pilot announced that this aircraft (VT-RED) too has developed a technical snag and it will have to return to the Delhi airport. VT-RED aircraft safely returned to Delhi airport at around 5:30 PM with the passengers.

"AirAsia India confirms that flight from Delhi to Srinagar had to return to Delhi on account of a technical snag. The aircraft is being operated after rectification of the snag to recover continuity of operations to and from Srinagar.We regret the inconvenience and disruption to the travel plans of our guests and reaffirm our commitment to safety in all our operations."Spokesperson, AirAsia India

After two failed attempts at ferrying passengers to their destination, AirAsia India decided to offer them a full refund on their tickets. In addition, passengers were also provided with the option to book another AirAsia India flight within the next 30 days.

Airbus, which manufactures A320 aircraft, did not respond to PTI's request for a statement on this matter.

AirAsia India decided to offer the passengers a full refund on their tickets.

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Fixar launches FIXAR-025 - an autonomous eVTOL equipped with blackbox for safer skies


13 Jun 2022

Fixar - leading European software and aircraft design developer, has developed the FIXAR-025 - an autonomous full-electric drone, designed for large-scale missions for commercial and industrial applications.

Founded in 2018 by aerospace engineer Vasily Lukashov, the company holds a unique patented commercial drone design that is simpler and more reliable than other configurations. The company has a presence in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and provides world-class service through a network of distribution partners. 

@FIXAR_drones | Twitter



The FIXAR 025 is an autonomous full-electric drone designed to handle large-scale and long-range missions for commercial and industrial applications, such as mapping and inspections, aerial imaging, remote sensing, surveillance and monitoring.

It is fully electric and runs on lithium polymer batteries in comparison with similar-size solutions that run on fuel.

The low-maintenance and easy-to-use drone supports the integration of heavier and more sophisticated professional payload modules and is an excellent tool for safe and stress-free BVLOS missions assured by its advanced payload safety system, data backup BlackBox, UTM API and absence of any additional launch or landing equipment

Tech and specs

Aircraft typeHybrid (VTOL & fixed-wing)Max. take-off weight (MTOW)25 kg (55 lbs)Max. payload weight10 kg (22 lbs)Autonomous flightYesCruise speed85 km/h (52.8 mph)Maximum flight time3.5 hoursMaximum flight distance300 km (186 mi)Energy sourceRechargeable lithium polymer batteriesMax altitude5000 m (16 404 ft)FIXAR


Representative | FIXAR

The drone features a closed-source software that allows to build and edit a flight mission and monitor missions in real-time using 3D visualization for one or multiple drones simultaneously. The customization option is available for experienced operators who prefer to manually adjust mission parameters, such as turn angles, etc

FIXAR Autopilot

Representative | FIXAR

The autopilot software version 2.0 is impervious to confidential data breaches and is compatible with AI and LTE.

Customizable for heavy payloads

Featuring a high payload capacity of up to 10 kg (22 lbs), the drone can be equipped with a variety of heavier sensors and deliver results in fewer flights based on increased flight range and time. The FIXAR 025 drone is equipped with a payload safety system, which ensures the protection of the payload at every stage of the mission from take-off to landing.

The FIXAR Blackbox


The FIXAR BlackBox is an extended feature that allows the system to record complete and detailed information on onboard flight activities and parameters.

It consists of a lightweight separate module that records all flight data into technical logs and LogExport software to process these logs for user purposes. This feature allows the geotagging to be available to operators at any time, even if the drone is powered off.

The drone user or any other party is not able to interfere with or modify the logged data, and data extraction from the device is performed wirelessly for an effortless process.

The system comes with an API compatible with any unmanned air traffic management ecosystem regardless of the country of operations. This allows to easily comply to the air traffic authority rules, fulfill safety requirements and start missions at any location in no timesays Vasily Lukashov, Founder & CEO at FIXAR


Serial production of the FIXAR 025 is slated to begin by the end of 2022 while pre-orders can be placed now.


With this model, we intend to answer a lasting market call for the increased flight range, payload capacity, and integration vastness. FIXAR 025 has a full-body lift design, the entire body of the UAV serves as a wing area, eliminating dead weight and increasing flight efficiency and lengthLukashov


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CEO of Wizz Air faces backlash after he told pilots to work through their fatigue

Radhika Bansal

13 Jun 2022

The CEO of Wizz Air has drawn the ire of pilot unions after suggesting that too many crew members were refusing to fly because of fatigue.

According to The Guardian, Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi told staff in an internal briefing that too many employees were taking time off due to fatigue at a time when the aviation industry is facing a staff crunch that has led to disrupted flight schedules.

“We are all fatigued but sometimes it is required to take the extra mile. I understand that fatigue is a potential outcome of the issues, but once we are starting stabilising the rosters, we also need to take down the fatigue rate.I mean, we cannot run this business when every fifth person of a base reports sickness because the person is fatigued."Jozsef Varadi, CEO, Wizz Air

Pilot fatigue is taken seriously in the aviation industry as it can lead to accidents and affect flight safety. Given that pilots often work long and unpredictable hours, the International Air Transport Association has a 148-page report on handling crew fatigue, as do other regulators like FAA.

Varadi, however, pointed to the “reputational damage” that comes with cancelling flights. "The damage is huge when we are cancelling a flight. It's reputational damage of the brand and it is the other financial damage, the transactional damage because we have to pay compensation for that,” he told staff members in the briefing that has drawn backlash.

CEO of Wizz Air faces backlash after he told pilots to work through their fatigue

The European Cockpit Association shared the remarks, which were made over a private call, in a video on Twitter. “Wizz Air CEO encourages pilots to fly fatigued! It’s like handing the car keys to a drunk driver,” the Association wrote as it asked the European Union Aviation Safety Agency to “step in”.

Rules state that air crew should not fly, and should not be required to fly if they are in a state of fatigue which could endanger passengers or the aircraft.

A spokesperson for Wizz Air said the CEO’s remarks were taken out of context and were meant for the whole crew, not pilots specifically.

"This clip has been edited from a briefing to all staff (not pilots only, but also cabin crew and all office employees) on key business updates and current challenges facing aviation. Supply chain issues are affecting all airlines, in particular staff availability and welfare.Our crew unavailability has been very low, at 4%. In this context, going the extra mile to minimize disruption was discussed. What this does not mean is compromising safety."Spokesperson, Wizz Air

The explanation has done little to placate pilot unions and other experts. Martin Chalk, general secretary of the British Airline Pilots' Association, told BBC he was “very surprised by the apparent views of Mr Varadi on fatigue” as "fatigue has been shown, in many studies, to have effects on a person's thinking and decision making similar to alcohol".

Aedrian Bekker, a clinical and aviation psychologist, also told CNN that the fact that Varadi was not referring to pilots specifically did not make his remarks any better.

"If a check-in agent is fatigued, could it start a chain of events that would be hard to prevent? All it takes is one person to make a mistake and not think of the implications -- for someone not to put a screw back on, or do up a bolt properly."We can all relate to [those kinds of lapses] but in any safety-critical industry, to tell people to suck it up and work harder? Common sense dictates that that's not clever -- especially not for a CEO who's paid big bucks to motivate and energize."Aedrian Bekker, Clinical and Aviation Psychologist

Established in May 2004, Wizz Air is an ultra-low-cost carrier headquartered at Budapest Airport. Wizz Air predominantly uses secondary airports and is continuously looking at opportunities to expand its network of destinations and provide low-cost air transport to and from Central and Eastern Europe.

Founded by Váradi in 2003 after his time as CEO at the now-defunct Hungarian state-owned airline Malev, Wizz Air aimed to be an even more affordable version of Ryanair: an “ultra-low-cost” carrier.

Wizz Air is an ultra-low-cost carrier headquartered at Budapest Airport.

Váradi himself doesn’t operate on a shoestring budget: He’s set to receive a USD 124 million bonus should he double the company’s market cap in five years. 

Reportedly one of the biggest bonuses ever offered to the CEO of a U.K.-listed company, a full third of Wizz Air shareholders followed the recommendation of proxy advisers Glass Lewis and ISS in voting against what was deemed an excessive bonus.

Pilot Fatigue and Flight Safety

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) defines fatigue as "A physiological state of reduced mental or physical performance capability resulting from sleep loss or extended wakefulness, circadian phase, or workload."

Rules state that air crew should not fly, and should not be required to fly if they are in a state of fatigue which could endanger passengers or the aircraft.

The phenomenon places a great risk on the crew and passengers of an airplane because it significantly increases the chance of pilot error. Fatigue is particularly prevalent among pilots because of "unpredictable work hours, long duty periods, circadian disruption, and insufficient sleep".

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These factors can occur together to produce a combination of sleep deprivation, circadian rhythm effects, and 'time-on task' fatigue. Regulators attempt to mitigate fatigue by limiting the number of hours pilots are allowed to fly over varying periods.

It has been estimated that 4-7% of civil aviation incidents and accidents can be attributed to fatigued pilots. "In the last 16 years, fatigue has been associated with 250 fatalities in air carrier accidents." Robert Sumwalt, NTSB vice chairman, said at an FAA symposium in July 2016.

The magnitude of these effects is correlated to the circadian rhythm and length of time awake.

Symptoms associated with fatigue include slower reaction times, difficulty concentrating on tasks resulting in procedural mistakes, lapses in attention, inability to anticipate events, higher toleration for risk, forgetfulness, and reduced decision-making ability.

The magnitude of these effects is correlated to the circadian rhythm and length of time awake. Performance is affected the most when there is a combination of extended wakefulness and circadian influences.