Ministry of Civil Aviation publishes the Aircraft (Second Amendment) Rules, 2020

Mar 02, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Industry Specific Compliance

The Ministry of Civil Aviation on February 21, 2020, publishes the Aircraft (Second Amendment) Rules, 2020 to further amend the Aircraft Rules, 1937.

The amendment inserts new Rule, namely:

29B: Prohibition on the use of portable electronic devices:

(1) No person shall operate, nor shall the operator or the pilot-in-command of an aircraft allow the operation of any portable electronic device on board an aircraft in flight: Provided that the Pilot-in-Command may permit use of cellular telephone by the passengers of a flight after the aircraft has landed and cleared active runway, except when the landing takes place in low visibility conditions as may be determined by the Director-General from time to time.

(2)The provisions of sub-rule (1) will not apply to portable voice recorders, hearing aids, heart pacemaker, electric shavers or other portable electronic devices which, in the opinion of the operator, do not cause interference with the navigation or communication system of the aircraft on which it is to be operated and for which such operator has obtained the approval of the Director-General.

(3)Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1), the Pilot-in-Command may permit the access of internet services by passengers on board an aircraft in flight, through Wii-Fi on board, when laptop, smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, e-reader or a point of sale device is used in flight mode or airplane mode: Provided that the Director-General shall certify the aircraft for usage of internet service in flight through Wi-Fi on board subject to the procedures as specified in this behalf.

They will come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette (February 28, 2020).

[Notification No. G.S.R. 142(E)]


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