India Mulls Revising Regulations Governing Charter Operators

India Mulls Revising Regulations Governing Charter Operators

Invision Air and other Indian charter carriers hoping to transition into scheduled operations may be prevented from doing so after the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced plans barring air charter operators from commercial flying should their fleets fail to consist of three or more aircraft within their first year of operations.

The Non Scheduled Operator’s Permit holders shall have a fleet of minimum 3 Aeroplanes and 3 helicopters either by outright Purchase or through lease. The Aircraft shall be registered in India and shall hold a current Certificate of Airworthiness in Normal Passenger category.To facilitate the start of the operations, operators will be permitted to operate with one Aeroplane/helicopter and will be given one year’s time from the date of securing operator’s permit, to have the fleet size of 3 Aeroplanes and or helicopter.Within this period of one year, the operator will be permitted to operate non scheduled services if they meet all airworthiness and operational requirements for such operations,the amendment said.

Existing charter operators will be given a one year grace period to either meet the minimum fleet requirements or convert into a Private operator in which case, they would not be able to carry out commercial or chartered Flights.

Affected parties have until November 12 to make their recommendations or proposals.

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