Indian authorities suspend PAR approaches

The Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) India has suspended Precision Approach Radar (PAR) approaches with immediate effect.

In an Operations Circular the DGCA notified operators in November 2010 about PAR approaches.  It had been observed that several air operators were utilizing PAR facility for approaches to land at Indian Defence Airfields. This was being carried out without any training, familiarity or even guidance material being given to pilots although the ATC controllers are trained and current on the procedure.

DGCA stressed that PAR approach to land must be carried out only after training or detailed guidance material is provided to the pilots along with incorporation in the Operations Manual/ SOPs. For this, airlines are also required to source specific data from airport authorities including, but not limited to, ATC procedures, phraseology, flight profile, OCA, obstacle information, missed approach criteria and profile.

The Circular stated that all Indian operators were required to take appropriate action and keep DGCA informed.

On March 10, 2011 DGCA notified operators that PAR approaches were  suspended with immediate effect until further notice. DGCA reported to be in the process to conclude experience training and guidance requirements on PAR approaches.

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