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India Seeks Outside Help in Certifying Operators

By Staff Writer | October 16, 2015
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Facing a shortage of in-house expertise, India’s aviation regulator plans to draw on outside experts to certificate new non-scheduled helicopter operators, according to a report in The Economic Times. The newspaper quoted M Sathiyavathy, India’s director general of Civil Aviation, saying her agency has a backlog of operator permit applications that will take up to four months to clear once certification consultants are engaged. Despite demand for helicopters for tourism, disaster management, medical evacuation, policing and offshore operations, she said, the number of helicopters registered with the DGCA has been relatively stagnant, with a total of 257 registered in 2012, 265 in 2013, 261 in 2014 and 280 as of Oct. 15, 2015. 

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