Date: 03/04/2024

New duty norms for pilots on hold: DGCA
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has put on hold the implementation of new duty norms for pilots from June 1, 2024 following opposition from airlines. Airlines have been given indefinite time to put a scheme in place that would comply with the provisions of the revised rest rules. As of now, the airlines will continue to follow the pilot duty roster formed as per old regulations in 2019. The DGCA had notified the revised rules governing duty hours and rest periods for pilots in January this year. The new rules, now deferred, provide enhanced weekly rest for pilots, up from 26 hours to 48 hours. The rules also reduced night time flying, which is known to contribute to fatigue and impact alertness levels, said a report.