Firm main­tains pvt air­craft for state govts, cor­po­rates

But No Air­line Among Its Cus­tomers

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - [email protected]­

Mum­bai: An au­dit of In­damer has re­vealed many mal­prac­tices. Among th­ese were car­ry­ing out ma­jor air­craft in­spec­tion checks with­out nec­es­sary tools and equip­ment, il­le­gal can­ni­bal­i­sa­tion of spare parts, use of lo­cally-fab­ri­cated tools that haven’t been sub­jected to ap­pro­pri­ate in­spec­tion or cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to carry out crit­i­cal in­spec­tion of B200 air­craft and Agus­taA109 he­li­copters.

“There are (a) num­ber of find­ings, re­lated to in­ad­e­quate fa­cil­i­ties, lack of pro­ce­dures, in­ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture, non-avail­abil­ity of re­quired tech­ni­cal man­power, non­ad­her­ence to stan­dard pro­ce­dures wherein the or­gan­i­sa­tion did not sat­is­fac­to­rily demon­strate com­pli­ance to the ap­pli­ca­ble reg­u­la­tions,” the au­dit find­ings said.

On ac­count of th­ese mal­prac­tices, the DGCA has sus­pended the ap­proval given to In­damer to carry out main­te­nance of air­craft like the King Air B200, Hawker 850, King Air C90 and Au­gusta A109 at its Mum­bai base. Among the other re­stric­tions im­posed on In­damer are that it can­not sub-con­tract main­te­nance work and can­not carry out any main­te­nance and re­pair work at its Ahmed­abad base.

The im­me­di­ate ef­fect of the sus­pen­sion is that two King Air B200 air­craft, one be­long­ing to the Gu­jarat gov­ern­ment and the other to a con­struc­tion ma­jor, are cur­rently grounded as th­ese were be­ing ser­viced by In­damer, a source said. “In­damer’s cus­tomers who own the five air­craft types listed in the sus­pen­sion or­der will now have to look for an­other DGCA-ap­proved MRO (main­te­nance and re­pair or­gan­i­sa­tion) and trans­fer all air­craft doc­u­ments and papers to the other com­pany. The process takes time and till then th­ese air­craft would be grounded,” the source added.

Juhu air­port-based In­damer, one of the old­est avi­a­tion com­pa­nies of In­dia, is a key player in the In­dian air­craft main­te­nance and re­pair or­gan­i­sa­tion sec­tor. In­damer doesn’t count any air­lines among its cus­tomers but han­dles re­pair and up­keep of 40-42% pri­vate and char­tered air­craft owned by the creme de la creme of In­dia’s cor­po­rate world and many state gov­ern­ments, in­clud­ing that of Maharashtra. Among its bosses is the son of a for­mer civil avi­a­tion min­is­ter. A re­quest for com­ment sent to the In­damer CEO got no re­sponse.

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