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DGCA may ease aircraft import norms

Local carriers are not allowed to import aircraft that are more than 15 years old

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Publish Date: Apr 24 2016 12:48PM | Updated Date: Apr 24 2016 3:16PM

DGCA may ease aircraft import norms

Domestic airlines might soon be able to import aircraft that are up to 18 years old.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is pondering upon easing rules as government looks to boost regional air connectivity. 
Right now, local carriers are not allowed to import aircraft that are more than 15 years old. 
DGCA has proposed changes to a more than two-decade old regulatory outline relating to aircraft imports. 
Suggestion to relax the aircraft import requirements has come at a time when the government is in the final stages of preparing the new aviation rule that would focus on improving regional air connectivity, among other areas. 
DGCA has proposed that pressurised aircraft that are to be imported should not have "completed 18 years of age or 50 per cent of operating cycle". 
A pressurised aircraft is the one which is prepared to handle cabin pressure at an altitude of above 10,000 feet. 
Also, such aircraft should not have completed "15 years of age or 75 per cent of design economic life or 45,000 pressurisation cycle". 
These rules, once in place, would be pertinent for use in scheduled, non-scheduled and general aviation operations. 
With respect to unpressurised aircraft, decision on whether to give endorsement for import or not would be taken on a case to case basis after thorough examination of the record of the specific aircraft being obtained.