Directorate General of Civil Aviation mandated Safety Assessment was carried out for 3C license for Jagdalpur Airport on Monday.
Upgraded 3C license will enable Jagdalpur Airport to allow landing of ATR72 type of 70-seater aircraft. All concerns raised in previous inspection carried out by Directorate General of Civil Aviation for upgrading from 2C to 3C licence, hazards were deliberated and mitigation were agreed upon by all stakeholders.
The stakeholders are Airports Authority of India, Government of Chhattisgarh, ATR72 Pilot and engineer from Alliance Air, Indian Air Force, pilots of Chhattisgarh State plane, NTRO and DRDO.
This Safety Assessment report will be submitted to Directorate General of Civil Aviation for upgrading license to 3C /ATR72. After the grant of 3C licence, Alliance Air is contemplating to start services from Jagdalpur under Regional Connectivity Scheme.
The Airports Authority of India team was led by Rakesh Ranjan Sahay, Airport Director, Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur and comprised S.K Sikder, Joint General Manager (Aviation Safety, Kolkata) and others.
Government of Chhattisgarh team comprised Collector Bastar Ayyaj Tamboli and K.K. Bhaumik Airport Director Jagdalpur while Alliance Air team comprised Rajesh Kuttan R, Dy Engineer (Fleet Performance/Operations) and Capt. Navin Garg, (Commander ATR 72 / Operations). State Government pilot Capt Munish Pancholi also participated in the inspection. Indian Air Force and DRDO were represented by their respective station heads.