Red Bird Flight Training Academy receives DGCA approval to resume limited operations

A source revealed that they have successfully completed the DGCA recertification process for CAR 145 maintenance at Baramati. The institute’s operations were halted late last year following several incidents.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted approval for the Red Bird Flight Training Academy to recommence operations. However, operations are restricted to its Baramati base and are limited to utilizing only five Cessna planes.

A source revealed that they have successfully completed the DGCA recertification process for CAR 145 maintenance at Baramati. The institute’s operations were halted late last year following several incidents.

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The initial incident occurred on October 19, involving a Tecnam P2008JC single-engine aircraft, registered as VT-RBC. The aircraft experienced substantial damage during a crash landing, while the pilot sustained minor injuries.

Subsequently, on October 22, another incident transpired involving a Tecnam P2008JC single-engine aircraft, registered as VT-RBT. This incident resulted in damage to the landing gear, propeller, wings, and fuselage of the aircraft.

At the time, the regulator had stated that these incidents highlight deficiencies in maintenance and operational procedures. Consequently, the DGCA had suspended the operations of Redbird Flight Training Academy at all of its facilities across the country.

In conclusion, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted approval for the Red Bird Flight Training Academy to resume operations, albeit with restrictions limited to its Baramati base and utilizing a reduced fleet. The completion of the DGCA recertification process for CAR 145 maintenance at Baramati signifies a step towards ensuring compliance with safety standards. However, the academy’s operations were halted last year following multiple incidents, underscoring the importance of robust maintenance and operational procedures in aviation safety. The regulatory action reflects the DGCA’s commitment to upholding rigorous standards to safeguard the integrity of the aviation industry.