IndiGo introduces digitised e-logbook for pilots


No-frills airline IndiGo has launched a digital e-logbook for pilots and the facility will allow the transfer of pilots’ flight data directly to aviation regulator DGCA.

In a release on Thursday, December 1 IndiGo said it had become the first Indian airline to launch a digital e-logbook for pilots.

“In collaboration with DGCA, the e-logbook will provide direct flight data transfer service to pilots from IndiGo systems to eGCA logbooks, effective December 1, 2022,” it said.

IndiGo introduces a digitised e-logbook for pilots

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eGCA is an online platform for various processes under the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). With the automated process, the flying hours entered in the eGCA e-logbook will have the consistency of data and format for all the stakeholders, increasing safety and efficiency in operations.

This will also offer real-time availability of flying hours data for pilots in compliance with rule 67A of Aircraft rules, and enable data accuracy and timely submission of issuance, renewals, and endorsement of licences by removal of multi-layer data validation.

“We are proud to partner with DGCA to become the country’s first airline to introduce Digital e-logbook, taking a leap towards digitalisation in Indian aviation. This initiative is the beginning of a new era to enhance operational efficiency and easing of complexity and workload for pilots. This step is in line with the Government’s vision of “e-Governance and Digital India” and our philosophy of providing a hassle-free experience to our pilots. I would also like to thank DGCA, team of eGCA, and TCS to turn this into a reality and to all the leadership pilots and e-logbook verifiers for their immense contribution.”

Ashim Mitra, Senior Vice President: Flight Operations, IndiGo

This process will allow pilots to devote more time towards their skill enhancement and improve their quality of life by freeing up time required for work manual log filling.

IndiGo isn’t the only Indian carrier going digital. Vistara will also adopt electronic logbook software and go completely paperless in its operations in some time. The airline has selected US-based Ultramain Systems for the job and is testing the product before implementing it officially.

The electronic logbook software will replace the traditional paper-based aircraft paper technical log, cabin log, journey log, damage log, and fueling log. According to the airline, the new system will provide a validated electronic Certificate of Release to Service (e-CRS) on flights operated by Vistara.

IndiGo isn’t the only Indian carrier going digital. Vistara will also adopt electronic logbook software and go completely paperless in its operations in some time.

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The carrier had earlier stated that the ELB application will be used by flight and cabin crew and engineers on iOS devices to provide integrated workflows with Vistara’s maintenance and operational systems. The software will be used for various live processes like Aircraft Maintenance and Operational Support (AMOS), Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), and Aviation Resource Management System (ARMS).

The government is also pushing for the digitization of other areas of the aviation sector with the Ministry of Civil Aviation launching DigiYatra to ensure a seamless entry and embarkment process for air travellers. Currently, the service is for just three airports, Delhi, Varanasi, and Bangalore.

Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia affirmed that the data of passengers will be safe and will be stored in an encrypted format in a decentralized manner.