Air Asia slammed with Rs 20 Lakh fine for lapses found in pilots' training
This is the third enforcement action against a Tata Group airline in over a month
The budget airline AirAsia India, which is owned by the Tata Group, was fined Rs 20 lakh on Saturday by the aviation safety regulator DGCA for breaking some rules pertaining to pilot training.
In addition to fining eight Designated Examiners (DEs) Rs. 3 lakh apiece, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also ordered the removal of the airline's head of training from his job for a term of three months.
Sources on January 23 reported that AirAsia India allegedly violated aviation norms with respect to pilot proficiency checks and instrument rating tests and was likely to face enforcement action from the safety regulator.
This is the third enforcement action against a Tata Group airline in over a month.
AirAsia India, in a statement, said it is reviewing the DGCA order and considering an appeal against it.
The enforcement action came following a surveillance inspection conducted by the DGCA on the airline during November 23-25 last year and subsequent show cause notice to the airline, its head of training, and all DEs.
During the inspection, DGCA team observed that a few mandatory exercises of the pilots of Air Asia (India) Ltd were not done during pilot proficiency check/instrument rating check (which is an International Civil Aviation Organization requirement) as per schedule, resulting in violation of DGCA regulations, DGCA said in a statement.
DGCA issued show cause notices to the accountable manager, head of training and all designated examiners of the airline "as to why enforcement action should not be taken against them for lack of oversight of their regulatory obligations".
The DGCA has also directed the airline to "withdraw" its head of training from his position for a period of three months for failing to discharge his duties as per applicable DGCA CARs, as per the statement.
AirAsia spokesperson said the airline has already conducted mandatory exercises of the pilots as part of a simulator training done beyond the mandated regulatory training requirements.