DGCA stipulates minimum flying hours required for pilots flying Boeing 737 MAX planes

• The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has decided to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes till appropriate modifications and safety measures are taken. Several other countries have also decided ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.

• The decision comes in the backdrop of the recent Ethopian Airlines crash.
• On 10 March 2019, A 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines had crashed near Addis Ababa killing 157 people.

Highlights of the safety measures

• Recently, DGCA have issued safety guidelines for the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

• Pilots should have at least 1,000 hours of flying experience to command these planes.

• Engineering departments have been instructed not to release the planes for operations in case of dual failure of autopilot, faults in spoiler system.

• Stringent checks of the aircraft’s autopilot and stall management systems during long-transit stays.

About Directorate General of Civil Aviation

• Directorate General of Civil Aviation is an attached office of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

• It is the regulatory body in the field of Civil Aviation primarily dealing with safety issues

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Mains Paper 3: Economy

Prelims level: Boeing 737 MAX

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