New Delhi: In a significant move aimed at enhancing the ease of doing business in the aviation sector, the government has extended the validity of commercial pilot licenses to ten years. Previously, these licenses had a five-year validity period, necessitating renewal after that duration.
The Civil Aviation Ministry has introduced amendments to the Aircraft Rules of 1937, and one of the key changes pertains to the extension of license validity for both Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) and Commercial Pilot License (CPL) holders, doubling the validity period.
“This change is expected to reduce administrative burden on pilots and aviation authorities like DGCA, promoting a more streamlined and efficient licensing process,” the ministry said in a statement on Monday.
Additionally, the revised regulations now address concerns associated with the display of lights in the vicinity of aerodromes. The updated definition of ‘light’ includes lantern lights, wish kites, and laser lights. Furthermore, the government’s jurisdiction over those exhibiting such lights has been extended from 5 kilometers to 5 nautical miles around an aerodrome.
Furthermore, the requirements for the continued competence of Air Traffic Controller (ATC) license holders have been liberalised.
The ministry said the amendments to the Aircraft Rules, 1937, notified on October 10, mark a crucial shift in promoting ease of doing business and ensuring safety and security within the aviation sector.
India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. Airlines are expanding their aircraft fleet and will be hiring more pilots to cater to rising air traffic demand.