Aircraft Rules, 1937 Amended Officially

  • Gazette notification on 10 October 2023.
  • To strengthen aviation safety and relax business in aviation.
  • To sync with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO), Standards and
  • Recommended Practices (SARS).
  • Previews notification in this regard – Amendment to Aircraft (Demolition of
  • Obstructions Caused by Building, Trees, etc) Rules, 1994

AMENDMENT

Rules 39C

  • Validity of the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) and Commercial Pilot License (CPL) increased from 5 years to 10 years
  • Will reduce the administrative work burden on pilots, Airlines and Aviation authorities → making the licensing process efficient

Rules 66

  • Related to the display of false lights in the vicinity of an airport
  • The term light means lantern lights, wish kites and laser lights
  • Government’s jurisdiction on such issues → extended from 5km to 5 nautical miles (Approx 9.6km)
  • Government can take action against people who display lights and disrupt the safety of aircraft
  • If such lights remain unattended for 24 hours, the Government can enter the place and extinguish them.
  • Such issues will be reported to the relevant police station for legal action under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
  • If the same light is unidentifiable or if it shifts locations → the airport or airlineofficials must report to the police and initiate criminal proceedings

Rules 118

  • Foreign license validation has been removed.
  • It is deemed as not required since the aviation sector must be flexible in such recruitment

Schedule III

  • Air Traffic Controller License Holder’s requirement has been made flexible
  • To enable employment for limited movements or watch hours
  • ATC license holders must complete a minimum of 10 hours of simulated exercises, including emergencies
  • They must undergo skill assessment for their respective rating within 10 consecutive days of the start of the exercises
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