Neo engine row: HC tells DGCA to apply mind before giving clearance

MUMBAI: Bombay top court docket on Monday instructed the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to “observe its thoughts” prior to certifying the airworthiness of grounded Airbus A320 Neos whose engines have been replaced.
“DGCA will have to observe its thoughts irrespective of overseas certification to test if the aircraft are airworthy. That is our worry,” stated a department bench of justices Naresh Patil and Girish Kulkarni. “The certification will have to be given handiest after a thorough check up. You don't seem to be sure through any international certification. You will have to decide the airworthiness depending at the Indian prerequisites together with the local weather,” the bench instructed the DGCA.

The court docket was hearing a public passion litigation filed through businessman Harish Agarwal that had sought the grounding of all engines powering Airbus A320 Neo aircraft. In February, the European Air Safety Authority (EASA) had raised purple flags in regards to the A320 neo engines. Since March 12, the DGCA had ordered the grounding of around 14 A320 Neo planes fitted with inaccurate Pratt & Whitney 1100 engines with serial numbers above 450.


The court docket was knowledgeable that each one aircraft that were grounded were again in operation after the engines were replaced.


“All safety measures are in place and necessary precautions have been taken. The Union executive and the DGCA are absolutely satisfied with the steps taken,” additional solicitor normal Anil Singh instructed the bench. “The DGCA prerequisites are more stringent than other organisations together with the EASA. While the EASA allowed aircraft with one put up 450 engine, DGCA went a step further and disallowed it. Not a unmarried put up 450 engine has been allowed to be in the air. We are allowing the aircraft to perform handiest after the engine has been replaced and licensed. The malfunction in the pre-450 sequence has additionally been addressed,” Singh stated. To a query from the judge, the recommend stated that all the modified engines were certified for airworthiness. The bench was additionally knowledgeable that it takes about eight hours to switch the engines at the aircraft. There was, then again, some confusion with regard to the exact serial numbers of the replaced engines.


Advocate Aniruddha Deo, counsel for the petitioner, stated there have been inconsistencies in the DGCA’s affidavit and it had now not addressed all the issues raised in the PIL.


The recommend referred to a letter from Union executive to DGCA in 2017 that A320 Neo engines were not operating properly because of harsh climatic prerequisites in India. The court docket has scheduled the PIL for further hearing on June 11.
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