Aviation Regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation has regulated safety audits of SpiceJet, Air India Express, IndiGo, AirAsia, and GoAir – found the performance of their safety management system “to be deficient”, informed the government to Rajya Sabha. 

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the safety audits also detected that the flight crew rostering software wasn’t upgraded and the unprofessional staff were operating check-in counters.  

The “other staff” at check-in counters also didn’t have adequate knowledge to manage “dangerous goods” despite being trained in Dangerous Good Regulations, said Mr. Puri in a written reply to a query in the Rajya Sabha. 

In a serious failure, the regulator also found that there was a delay in carrying out the necessary action for the “FOQA exceedances”, said Mr. Puri. 

The Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) is the process of acquiring and analyzing all types of data from flights to improve the efficiency and safety of flight operations. 

Whenever a safety parameter limit is exceeded, it is termed as an “event” or “exceedance”. 

The DGCA regularly also conducts safety audits of non-scheduled as well as scheduled airlines according to the Annual Surveillance Plan. The last five audits were conducted of these five airlines, said Mr. Puri. 

During the audits, it was found that the “quantum of Digital Flight Data Recorder analyzed under FOQA was not as per the Indian safety regulators requirement”, added the Civil Aviation Minister.

“Implementation of the safety management system was found to be deficient,” said Mr. Puri.

He continued that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has controlled the airlines to take necessary action regarding the deficiencies found during the safety audit.

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