Aviation Body Issues Guidelines For Storing Aircraft, Subsequent Return To Service

India has suspended all domestic and international commercial passenger flights till April 15 to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Aviation Body Issues Guidelines For Storing Aircraft, Subsequent Return To Service

Most aircraft of Indian airlines are grounded currently due to the nationwide lockdown (File)

New Delhi:

Aviation regulator DGCA on Thursday issued guidelines for the storage of aircrafts and their subsequent return to service as the nationawide lockdown has grounded almost all commercial passenger planes in India.

"Some aircraft manufacturers have recommended storage programs. An operator may use these recommendations while developing their own specific storage program," the DGCA circular noted, adding that each company's storage program must be approved by the regulator.

"Depending on the level of preservation, intended length of storage, and the security of the aircraft, the operator should consider removing the C of A (certificate of airworthiness), the C of R (certificate of registration) and other documents on board, from stored aircraft for safekeeping," the circular added.

India has imposed a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to curb the spread of  coronavirus.

Consequently, all domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended for this time period.

However, cargo flights, offshore helicopter operations, medical evacuation flights and special flights permitted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) are allowed to operate during this lockdown.

Airlines have also been authorised to transport cargo across the country using commercial passenger aircraft. IndiGo, SpiceJet, AirAsia India and Air India have been conducting such flights.

However, most aircraft of Indian airlines are grounded currently.

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