DGCA Enforces Rest Requirements (ATCo Regulations) at 57 Airports in Line with International Standards including Belagavi Airport
n a significant stride towards enhancing aviation safety, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has rolled out regulations governing “Watch Duty Time Limitation and rest requirements for Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs/ATCo Regulation)” at 57 airports across the country. This landmark move, which came into effect on Thursday, underscores DGCA’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the highest levels of aviation safety, achieved through collaborative efforts with various stakeholders.
Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) play a pivotal role in ensuring the orderly and secure movement of aircraft within the skies, making their well-being and alertness of paramount importance. The newly implemented ATCo Regulation/s are designed to guarantee that these essential personnel receive adequate rest while carrying out their demanding duties.
A DGCA spokesperson stated, “The ATCo regulation is modeled on ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) regulations and is based on our national, social, and cultural contexts, coupled with scientifically valid, optimal limits for ATCOs. This will ensure our skies become safe and will also take care of health, physical, and psychological requirements of the ATCOs, thus ensuring the provision of continued, adequate safe air traffic services.”
This strategic reform (ATCo Regulation) aligns with international standards and seeks to define both the maximum allowable duty period and the minimum required rest period for ATCOs. It reflects a holistic approach that not only prioritizes aviation safety but also addresses the well-being of the individuals entrusted with this vital responsibility.
The enforcement of these regulations marks a significant milestone for the civil aviation industry in India. By enhancing the working conditions and rest periods for ATCOs, the DGCA aims to create a safer aviation environment while ensuring the health and welfare of these dedicated professionals. The collaborative efforts between the regulator and various stakeholders exemplify the aviation community’s commitment to achieving the highest standards of safety and operational excellence.
Northern region : Amritsar, Dehradun, Kishangarh, Shimla, Kanpur, Bhuntar, Gaggal, Pant Nagar, Safdarjung
Southern region : Trichy, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tuticorin, Calicut, Kannur, Kalaburgi, Mysuru,
Belagavi (Belgaum), Hubballi (Hubli), Vijayawada, Cudappah, Hyd-Begumpet, Tirupati, Rajamundry
Western region : Mopa Goa, Indore, Surat, Bhopal, Udaipur, Vadodara, Aurangabad, Hirasar, Jabalpur, Shridi, Kohlapur, Juhu.
Eastern region : Bhubaneswar, Patna, Ranchi, Durgapur, Gaya, Jhasarguda, Deogar, Jagdalpur, Raipur, Khajuraho, Kushinagar
North east region : Barapani, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Lengpui, Lilabari, Rupsi, Imphal, Agartala, Hollongi, Tezu.
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