The government has amended aviation rules to make commercial pilot licences valid for 10 years now. This move is in line with the government’s efforts to further improve the ease of doing business in the aviation sector.
Till now, the validity of the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) was for five years and after completion of that period, it had to be renewed. The civil aviation ministry amended the Aircraft Rules, 1937.
Among various changes made, the validity of licences for Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) and CPL holders has been increased from five years to 10 years.
“This change is expected to reduce the administrative burden on pilots and aviation authorities such as the DGCA, promoting a more streamlined and efficient licensing process,” the ministry said.
Besides, rules have been amended to address concerns related to the display of lights in the vicinity of an aerodrome. It has also been clarified that the term ‘light’ encompasses lantern lights, wish kites and laser lights. Also, the government’s jurisdiction over those exhibiting such lights has been extended from 5 kilometres to 5 nautical miles around an aerodrome.
“It is made explicit that the government possesses the authority to take action against individuals displaying lights that disrupt the safe operation of aircraft or pose hazards to the operating crew. Should such lights remain unattended for 24 hours, the government is empowered to enter the location and extinguish them,” the ministry said.