Mumbai, Dec 7 (UNI) Responding to the guidelines for aircraft operations during low-visibility conditions (fog) issued recently by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), budget carrier GoAir today said the airlines would ensure that its aircraft are flown by CAT-III compliant pilots.
According to the current published schedule of the airline, on a daily basis, GoAir requires eight sets of CAT-III compliant flying crew.
GoAir will have 12 sets of CAT-III compliant flying crew ready and each set will comprise of one CAT-III compliant Pilot-In-Command (PIC) and one CAT-III compliant Co-Pilot, the airline said here.
The DGCA guidelines prescribe special authorisations for pilots involved in CAT-III operations (related to fog).
The airlines said its pilots operating flights in fog conditions adhere to these prescribed regulations.
The prescribed CAT-III regulations specify that PIC should have a total flying experience of 2,500 hours out of which 500 hours for initial authorisation, 200 hours for additional aircraft type authorisation, 100 night flying hours, 100 hours on instrument flying including not more than 50 hours on Full Flight Simulator of the type.
The regulations prescribed for Co-Pilot includes total flying experience of 750 hours, which include 300 hours for initial authorisation, 200 hours for additional aircraft type authorisation, and 100 hours on instrument flying including not more than 50 hours on Full Flight Simulator of the type.
The airlines also said it was ensuring that in case of fog-hit flight delays beyond a specified duration, it will provide snacks and refreshments to passengers of the fog-affected flights.
The DGCA in its guidelines has also asked all the private carriers to ensure adequate supply of food and refreshments to be provided to passengers in case of any fog-related emergency.
At the same time, the airlines has also announced a special helpline 1800-222-111 and 9223222111, which can be accessed through its customer care service for the fog-hit passengers.