Civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has imposed a fine of INR 10 lakh on Air Vistara for violating safety regulations. The airline has been fined for violation of takeoff and landing clearance given to first officers without conducting any training.
Training is conducted for the first officer to land the aircraft in the simulator before they can do it at the aircraft with passengers onboard. In the same way, a captain is also trained in a simulator before he/she can give landing to the first officer.
The aircraft was being landed by the first officer without the captain or the first officer training at the simulator, which is a serious violation endangering the lives of the passengers onboard. The lapse was detected during a landing in Indore.
A fine of INR 10 lakh has therefore been levied on Vistara for granting landing clearance to the first officer without conducting requisite training.
Vistara is based at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airline provides domestic services to major metropolitan centres and tourism destinations. The carrier is a Joint Venture between Tata Sons Private Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited. It is also known as Tata-SIA Airlines Limited.
SpiceJet was fined INR 10 lakh by the DGCA on May 30 for training 737 Max aircraft pilots on a defective simulator. The DGCA previously restricted 90 SpiceJet pilots from flying B737 Max planes. The regulator ordered that the pilots be retrained.
A senior DGCA official informed that during simulator surveillance by DGCA at CSTPL Greater Noida on March 30, 2022, it was observed that there was an MMI (Missing Malfunction Inoperative Item ) for the B737 Max concerning the Stick shaker on the P2 side, being inoperative since 17th March 2022.