Published On:June 21 2024
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DGCA Updates Regulations to Enhance Seaplane Operations Under UDAN Scheme.

In a significant move to enhance sustainable and safe seaplane operations, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has revamped its regulatory provisions. These pivotal amendments aim to streamline infrastructure procedures, pilot training requirements, and regulatory compliances, facilitating seaplane services to reach remote and inaccessible areas.

"Initially established in 2008, the regulatory framework for seaplane operations was long overdue for a review. According to a DGCA Working Group recommending rationalization and revision of the said regulatory framework, revised regulations (CAR Section 3 Series C Part IX and CAR Section 7 Series B Part XVI) have been promulgated," an official statement said.

The revised regulations incorporate easier training requirements and simplified approval processes for undertaking seaplane operations. Pilots with a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) can now qualify as seaplane-rated pilots by undergoing training at any ICAO-recognized training organization globally. Additionally, new training opportunities for support roles are expected to enhance employment potential at seaplane hubs nationwide.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) led the initiative to promote the seaplane ecosystem, providing guidance and engaging with stakeholders, including DGCA, State Governments, the Airports Authority of India (AAI), airlines, and aircraft manufacturers. These collaborative efforts have ensured that the new regulations address key stakeholder concerns and pave the way for growth in this niche area.

With the revised regulatory provisions, seaplane operators can utilize streamlined procedures and optimized infrastructure requirements to extend services across the country, reaching the most remote parts of India and fostering inclusive and sustainable development. The simplified water aerodrome requirements will also support economical and efficient operations while maintaining essential safety standards.

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