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  • Government owes around Rs 600 crore to Air India for VVIP travel 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Government owes around Rs 600 crore to Air India for using its aircraft for travel of VVIPs. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has taken up the issue with various ministries regarding the pending amount related to the services of Air India aircraft availed for such VVIP travel. According to official...
  • Small helicopter lands on US Capitol grounds, pilot arrested 2 days ago

    Washington: A Florida man was arrested after he landed his small helicopter on the west lawn of the US Capitol on Wednesday, police said, violating restricted airspace and causing a security scare. Doug Hughes, 61, a US Postal Service mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, has been jailed and is facing undisclosed...
  • New aviation policy will connect India with 'Bharat': Ashok Gajapathi Raju 6 days ago

    Bengaluru: A new civil aviation policy, which is on the anvil, will facilitate more airlines to connect metros and state capitals with more cities and towns across the country, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said on Sunday. "We want more airlines to operate across the country, connecting more cities and...
  • German aviation watchdog did not know crash pilot's medical history April 6, 2015

    Berlin: The German aviation authority did not know about co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's medical background prior to the Germanwings crash that killed 150 people, it said on Sunday, raising more questions over medical oversight of pilots. Lubitz, believed to have deliberately steered the plane into a mountain in the French Alps, broke...
  • Indian pilots may be subjected to psychometric tests March 30, 2015

    New Delhi: Pilots of Indian air carriers may now be subjected to mid-term psychometric tests to ensure that they are mentally fit to fly, following the deliberate crashing of German airliner by the co-pilot last week. Nine commercial airlines in India employ well over 3,000 pilots who are subjected to...
  • German aviation association 'seeks two-person cockpit rule' March 27, 2015

    Berlin: Germany's aviation association BDL has announced plans to introduce a two-person cockpit rule after it emerged that the co-pilot on a Germanwings flight deliberately crashed after being left alone. The announcement was made by the federation's chief Matthias von Randow, a BDL spokeswoman said. The new policy would require two...
  • Two upgraded Mirage 2000 handed over to India in France March 25, 2015

    Istres: French defence major Dassault Aviation on Wednesday handed over the first two upgraded Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft with advanced navigational, radar and missile systems to India amidst continuing stalemate on the over USD 20 billion Rafale contract. The entire fleet of 48 aircraft is being upgraded with the help of...
  • SpiceJet promoter Ajay Singh gets security clearance March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: SpiceJet's new promotor Ajay Singh has got the mandatory security clearance from the Home Ministry. Civil Aviation Ministry has received the files relating to Singh's security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday, official sources said in New Delhi on Thursday. Security agencies had conducted a...
  • 31 priority, 114 emergency landings in 3 years: Government March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Domestic carriers, including erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines, had made 31 precautionary or priority landings and 114 emergency landings at various airports in the country due to engine defects or failure, medical and other reasons in last three years. Most number of precautionary landings (18) were made by the planes...
  • Ministry of Home Affairs conducting background check of new owner of SpiceJet March 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Security agencies are conducting a background checking of new owner of SpiceJet, Ajay Singh, after he infused a fund of Rs 500 crore in the beleaguered air carrier and announced plans to invest Rs 1,500 crore. The Home Ministry ordered a background check of Singh as part of the...
  • Air India yet to finalise executive pilots' draft pay structure: Government March 10, 2015

    New Delhi: A committee of Air India is yet to finalise the draft salary structure for its executive pilots, even though it has received a feedback from the group concerned, the government said on Tuesday. Air India had invited representatives of executive pilots to ascertain their views on the draft...
  • No 'suitable' candidate to head Air India from August: Government March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Government on Tuesday failed to find a "suitable" candidate to head the loss-making national carrier Air India, whose chairman and managing director Rohit Nandan is on a 10-months extension, which expires in August this year. Public Enterprises Selection Board, which conducted interviews for selecting a new CMD for the...
  • India Rafale fighter jet sale talks advance: France February 25, 2015

    Paris: Talks on the sale of 126 Rafale fighter jets to India are advancing, a French defence ministry spokesman said during a visit to India by Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to salvage a deal stalled on the issue of local assembly of the aircraft. Talks about the contract, worth a...
  • Depleting numbers stretch IAF as Pakistan and China modernise their air force at a rapid pace February 19, 2015

    Bengaluru: India's air force risks a major capability gap opening up with China and Pakistan without new western warplanes or if local defence contractors can't produce what the military needs in a timely manner. A 2012 agreement to buy 126 Rafale fighters from France's Dassault Aviation has stalled due to a...
  • Competition Commission of India looking into SpiceJet deal February 17, 2015

    New Delhi: The Competition Commission is looking into SpiceJet's proposed deal with its original promoter Ajay Singh and a decision is yet to be finalised. Amid turbulent times, the carrier's board has approved a deal that would see change of ownership as well as infusion of fresh funds. The proposed...
  • Cut salaries of staff responsible for flight delays: Government tells Air India February 3, 2015

    New Delhi: With employees found responsible for up to 15 per cent of Air India's flight delays, the airline has been directed by the government to penalise them by cutting salaries in a bid to fix accountability. The state-owned airline, meanwhile, said that it is...
  • DGCA lifts curb on advance bookings, Centre clears SpiceJet plan January 22, 2015

    New Delhi: In a major relief to the budget carrier SpiceJet, DGCA on Thursday allowed the airline to accept advance bookings beyond March 31 even as the government gave initial nod to its revival plan, which has now been referred to market regulator Sebi to examine whether the funding by...
  • Petrol costs more than ATF in India! January 21, 2015

    New Delhi: Perhaps for the first time, petrol in India costs more than the superior jet fuel (ATF) used in aeroplanes, as the government has levied a record excise duty on the fuel used in two-wheelers and cars. A litre of petrol in Delhi costs...
  • Government considering privatisation of four airports, says Ashok Gajapathi Raju January 20, 2015

    Ahmedabad: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday said that the ministry was considering privatisation of four airports in the country, including the Ahmedabad Airport. "We are thinking of privatising four airports in India. Ahmedabad airport is among these four. There is immense scope of development in this sector....
  • SpiceJet can be exempted from an open offer, says MoS Mahesh Sharma January 17, 2015

    Mumbai: Cash-strapped airline SpiceJet is likely to get some respite as Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said the airline could be exempted from an open offer. According to sources, the Aviation Ministry is likely to approve the revival plan for the cash-strapped carrier as early as next...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha talks to Vedic aviation experts over Indian Science Congress controversy January 11, 2015

    Cyrus Broacha talks to Vedic aviation experts over controversy surrounding topics like aeroplanes existed 7000 years ago and surgery had its roots in India overshadowed the Indian Science Congress. ...
  • Senior IAS officer M Sathiyavathy takes over a new DGCA January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: M Sathiyavathy on Monday took over as the new Director General of Civil Aviation, succeeding Prabhat Kumar. Sathiyavathy, a 1982-batch IAS officer, is the first woman to head DGCA and has been appointed to the post for three years. Prior to becoming the country's aviation regulator, she was...
  • In Modi era, petrol costs more than aviation fuel: Congress January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Petrol for common man costs more than the Aviation Turbine Fuel used in planes, Congress said on Monday while seeking to paint the Narendra Modi government as anti-poor and questioning it for the "grave injustice". What is "more painful" today is the fact that the price of petrol...
  • Indonesia cracks down on aviation sector after AirAsia crash January 5, 2015

    Pangkalan Bun: Highlighting the depth of Indonesia's air safety problems, the transportation ministry announced harsh measures on Monday against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits including the suspension of the airport's operator and officials in the control tower. The routing permits of all airlines flying...
  • Government hopeful of aviation sector doing better in 2015 December 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Tuesday voiced concern over burgeoning losses of Indian airlines in spite of the high growth in air traffic but hoped that more carriers would take to the sky in 2015. Addressing a meeting of Chief Ministers and state Civil Aviation Ministers, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi...
  • SpiceJet extends flight cancellations till January 31 December 30, 2014

    Chennai: As it awaits the much-needed capital to come out of the persisting financial crunch, air carrier SpiceJet has extended its flight cancellations till next month, affecting at least 329 flights. This follows cancellation of over 1,800 flights, announced earlier this month by the Chennai-based airline,...
  • SpiceJet will have to itself resolve financial problems: Raju December 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Troubled carrier SpiceJet will have to itself resolve its financial problems and the government can only help in the process, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said on Tuesday. "The government is here to be helpful and the government can be helpful but the SpiceJet problem is its finances...
  • Singapore activates air force, navy for search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 December 28, 2014

    Singapore: Singapore said on Sunday it has activated its air force and navy to help in the search and rescue operation for the AirAsia (AIRA.KL) jet that went missing on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. "Two C130s are already on stand-by for this purpose. We remain ready to provide...
  • Government may cap economy air fares at Rs 20,000 December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Government is considering to cap economy air fares at Rs 20,000 to check airlines from charging "exorbitant" fares or unleashing predatory pricing, affecting their own financial health. The proposal comes in the backdrop of SpiceJet episode, which had come out with a series of low-fare offers throughout the...
  • SpiceJet presents revival plan to government December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Struggling budget carrier SpiceJet has presented a revival plan to the government, which will be discussed with oil companies and banks before taking a final decision regarding the airline, official sources said on Monday. The airline's original investor Ajay Singh is in discussion with two US-based private equity...