New DGCA Regulations Enhance Powered Hang Glider Security

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has recently introduced new regulations aimed at enhancing the operation and security of powered hang gliders. These regulations come in response to an incident involving infiltrators of Hamas, a terror group, who used a motorized hang glider to enter Israel on October 7. The revised rules cover various aspects of powered hang glider operations and security.

Authorization by DGCA Approved Examiner or Instructor

Under the revised regulations, individuals are prohibited from flying a Powered Hang Glider unless they have been authorized by a DGCA-approved examiner or instructor. These instructors must have a minimum of 50 hours of experience on Powered Hang Gliders, with at least 10 hours on a dual machine. They are responsible for checking out and authorizing other individuals to operate these gliders.

Requirements for Test Flights

The regulations also outline specific requirements for conducting test flights on powered hang gliders. To carry out such flights, a person must meet one of the following criteria: hold a valid Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with at least 25 hours of flying experience on powered hang gliders or possess authorization with a minimum of 50 hours of flying experience on these gliders.

Stringent Security Measures

In addition to operational aspects, the existing security regulations for Powered Hang Gliders have been reinforced. According to these rules, no Powered Hang Glider can be sold or disposed of to any person or firm without producing a certificate issued by DGCA. The certificate is granted after verifying the antecedents of prospective buyers through the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Those seeking to acquire, manufacture, or register a Powered Hang Glider must obtain security clearance from the MHA via DGCA and adhere to specified requirements.

Restrictions on Leasing and Equipment

The security regulations emphasize that owners or operators of Powered Hang Gliders are prohibited from leasing, renting, or lending these aircraft to anyone. Furthermore, no Powered Hang Glider is allowed to carry remote sensing equipment, weapons, photography gear, or video recording equipment without express permission from the MHA, except for equipment necessary for safe operation or specified in CAR (Civil Aviation Requirements) as per regulations.

Ensuring Safe Custody and Access Control

To enhance security, the regulations require the adoption of security measures approved by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). These measures must be implemented both at the parking area and the place of operation before each flight by the owner or operator. The goal is to ensure the safe custody, security, and access control of Powered Hang Gliders, reducing the potential for unauthorized use or security breaches.



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