38B. Carriage of cabin crew.—(1) No aircraft registered in India shall be operated for public transport of passengers unless the following minimum number of cabin crew are on board the aircraft for the purpose of performing such duties as may be assigned in the interest of the safety of passengers, by the operator or the Pilot-in-command of the aircraft, namely:—


(a) For an aeroplane having a seating capacity of not less than 10 and not more than 50 passengers.


One cabin crew

(b) For a helicopter having a seating capacity of not less than 20 and not more than 50 passengers.


One cabin crew

(c) For an aeroplane or a helicopter cabin having seating capacity of more than 50 passengers

Two cabin crew Plus one cabin crew for each unit (or part of a unit) of 50 passengers seats above a seating capacity of 99 passengers.








(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1), if any higher number is specified by the aircraft manufacturer for the type of aircraft being used, then that minimum number of crew members shall be carried on-board:

            Provided that in case of multi-aisles (single or multi-deck) at least one crew member for each floor level exit and for the purpose of certification, if any higher number of crew member is required to conduct emergency evacuation demonstration then that number of crew member shall be carried on board.

(3) The cabin crew shall be located–

(a) during take-off and landing as near as possible to the floor level exits; and

(b) at any other time, at a suitable place in the aircraft, so as to provide the most effective exit of passengers in the event of emergency evacuation.

(4) An operator shall ensure that every member of cabin crew meets the requirements of age, qualification, training and medical assessment as specified by the Director-General from time to time.

(5) Every member of cabin crew shall, before being detailed for duty on board the aircraft, successfully complete an approved course of training followed by periodical approved refresher course concerning evacuation procedure, location and use of emergency equipment and any other requirement as specified by the Director-General.

(6) Whenever two or more cabin crew members are assigned to a flight, the operator shall nominate an experienced cabin crew member as a senior cabin crew member who shall be responsible to the Pilot-in-Command for the conduct and coordination of cabin safety and emergency procedure specified in the Operations Manual:

            Provided that the senior cabin crew member has a minimum of one year’s experience as cabin crew and has successfully undergone the training as specified by the Director-General.

(7) The operator shall cause checks of proficiency in carrying out safety and emergency duties by each cabin crew after completion of training as per sub-rule (5) and the checks shall be conducted by the Instructors approved, and having qualifications specified, by the Director-General.

(8) No cabin crew shall perform duties on more than three types of aircraft.

Explanation.—For the purposes of this sub-rule, types of aircrafts shall be considered to be different types if they are not similar in all the following aspects, namely:—

(a) emergency exit operation;

(b) location and type of safety equipment; and

(c) emergency procedures

(9) The Director-General may, if he is of the opinion that it is expedient so to do, by order and for reasons to be recorded in writing, waive fully or partially, the requirement of sub-rule (1).

[Substituted by GSR No. 383 dated 11-7-2001and further amended by GSR No. 150(E) dated 04-03-2009 and Substituted by GSR 481(E) dated 15-05-2017]


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