Firm maintains pvt aircraft for state govts, corporates
But No Airline Among Its Customers
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.