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23 May 2017

DGCA to train 120 engineers for 'airworthiness'

DGCA overhauling engineering

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to train 120 "airworthiness-engineers" who were hired over the last 3-4 years. The training is being conducted so they can fit their job-description better.

The DGCA will undergo an international audit this year, which is why they are being trained.

Air India and the National Institute of Aviation Management & Research will conduct the training.

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DGCA overhauling engineering
Why the need to train them?

Need

Why the need to train them?

Airworthiness engineers make sure to inspect aircraft and maintain them to be airworthy.

The 120 engineers who had been hired since 2013, are primarily from the mechanical and electrical engineering streams.

Due to this they have little knowledge of how advanced avionics in aircraft function.

Improving their training will ensure that India's safety ranking improves after the upcoming international audit.

Training

How will the training take place?

Air India and the National Institute of Aviation Management & Research will conduct the training.

According to DGCA chief B S Bhullar, the trainees will first undergo a three-month class room training course with the National Institute of Aviation Management & Research.

After this is completed, they will undergo 3 months of practical training with Air India Engineering.

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Will take a year to complete training: DGCA Chief

The DGCA Chief said, "At the end of this programme, the 120 AOs will get a certificate which should hopefully pass international scrutiny and let these engineers be recognized as being knowledgeable about aviation. Training each of the 120 AOs will take a year."

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