AirAsia India has integrated its Pilot’s Flight Duty Logbook directly from its Crew Management system to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) eGCA platform.
Integrating the Pilot’s Flight Duty Logbook to the DGCA’s eGCA platform will eliminate the need for pilots to hand-fill their flight and simulator duties carried out during their careers in physical logbooks, thereby improving efficiency and transparency. Captain Manish Uppal, Head of Operations, AirAsia India, said the integration of the airline’s Crew Management System with eGCA's LogBook API was a significant step towards improving the efficiency and transparency of the aviation industry and also contributing to sustainability. “By eliminating the need for pilots to manually update their Pilot LogBooks, we are simplifying the process and making it more user-friendly. This initiative in conjunction with DGCA is a testament to our commitment to innovation and digitisation, and we are excited to continue working towards making services simpler and more user-friendly for pilots,” he said. As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Aircraft Rule, 1937 (67A), pilots were traditionally required to update their Pilot LogBook in physical logbooks. This process is now digitised by integrating Crew Management systems with eGCA's LogBook Application Programme Interface (API).
The integration will provide accurate real-time pilot flying hours and facilitate the timely submission of applications for pilot licensing, renewal, and endorsement by eliminating multiple data validation steps.
The reduction of manual intervention in the process will result in faster processing of applications, and the verification of flying data in submitted applications will also be considerably streamlined.
This initiative will greatly benefit both pilots and DGCA, improving the efficiency and accuracy of the licensing process.
The DGCA’s eGCA provides 298 services, including pilot licensing, to add value to DGCA safety regulation, eliminate operational inefficiencies, improve personal interaction, regulatory reporting, increase productivity, and increase transparency. AirAsia India is now known as AIX Connect and is a subsidiary of Air India and a part of the Tata group, and started operations in June 2014. Today it operates over 45 direct and 100 connecting routes across India.