GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CIVIL AVIATION

AIR SAFETY CIRCULAR NO. 4 of 1997

Subject: Operating Minima for pilot-in-command while acquiring Airport qualification/Newly appointed pilot-in-command.

While Acquiring Airport Qualification

When a pilot-in-command makes an approach into an aerodrome of landing for acquiring airport qualification, normal operating minima will be applicable when he/she is accompanied by a pilot qualified for the aerodrome, who is a member of the flight crew or as an observer on the flight deck, unless:

a) the approach to the aerodrome is not over difficult terrain and the instrument approach procedures and aids available are similar to those with which the pilot is familiar, and a margin is added to the approved normal operating minima as given in the table below, or there is reasonable certainty that approach and landing can be made in visual meteorological conditions; or

b) the descent from the initial approach altitude can be made by day in visual meteorological conditions; or

c) the operator qualifies the pilot-in-command to land at the aerodrome concerned by means of an adequate pictorial presentation; or

d) the aerodrome concerned is adjacent to another aerodrome at which the pilot-in-command is currently qualified to land.

Newly Appointed Pilot-in-Command

In order to achieve safety in aircraft operations, the Operators shall add the margins as given in the table below, to the approved normal operating minima for the newly appointed pilot-in-command (less than 100 hours as PIC) on a particular type of aircraft.

Table for Increasing Minima

DA/HMDA/H RVR/VIS

Precision Approach By 50 ft By 100 m

Non-precision Approach By 100 ft By 200 m

(V.K. Chandna)

Director Air Safety

for Director General of Civil Aviation

Date : Feb., 1997

Place : New Delhi