India Looks At Revamping Ancient Regs
India's civil aviation rules were written in 1937, two years before Igor Sikorsky first flew a helicopter, and they apparently haven't been substantially amended to include rotorcraft. The day after two senior Indian politicians were killed in a helicopter crash (apparently not an uncommon occurrence in India) Indian officials agreed they should revamp their regs -- and this time include rules for helicopters. "There is a need for more stringent control in civil aviation rules," air Marshal P.S. Ahluwalia, of the Indian air force, told reporters. He added the rules need to "spell out" operating restrictions for helicopters. The Indian regs, which are based on the 1934 Aircraft Act, also haven't taken into account the technological advances in fixed-wing aircraft, which may mean that pilot certification rules may not be quite up to date either. Ahluwalia said he's particularly interested in amending the process for certifying civilian helicopter pilots.