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India: DGCA eases regulation on private jet international operations

India’s civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), announced that certified private jet operators need not their approval to go on international flights.

This development pushed forward after the DGCA made some amendments to the previous regulations. The amendments would take effect on December 15, 2017.

“Indian aircraft operators approved or authorized to undertake international operations shall not be required to obtain prior permission from DGCA for undertaking international non-scheduled flights from or to airports with custom or immigration facilities,” the DGCA said.

As it is, scheduled and non-scheduled operators are verified by DGCA for carrying out international operations in observance of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). They are also given “area of operations” depending on their operational means.

“Such operators approved for international area of operations can henceforth operate international non-scheduled flights as per the area of operations endorsed on their Air Operator Certificate or permit after filing a flight plan with ATC unit concerned,” the statement from the DGCA read.

“The private aircraft operators shall also be issued an authorization with a validity of 5 years for undertaking international operations upon compliance of the laid down requirements as per ICAO SARPs,” it continued.

With regards to the DGCA amendment, Rohit Kapur, President of the Business Aircraft Operators Association said:

“Business jets are not merely a luxury but in most cases a necessity in terms of gaining quick access and connectivity where time is of essence, and allowing business leaders to be more efficient and productive by affording them the flexibility of travel… This will help maintain the essence of business aviation.”

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