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DCA’s stringent requirements ensure aviation safety

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – Dec 22, 2015: No-frills airlines in particular will incur more costs if they continue to compromise the safety of their aircrafts.

Such was the contention raised by a prominent blogger who cited several of AirAsia’s recent technical problems to prove that the obsession to lower cost will eventually translate into higher costs.

Among the setbacks mentioned include the airline’s recent system failure that led to hundreds of passengers being stranded at the Kuala Lumpur International Aiport 2 (KLIA2).

Then there was the ‘nerve-wrecking’ rear axle tyre burst accident involving one of its flights when landing at the Sibu airport.

The anonymous blogger known as ‘A Voice’ who blog at ‘Another Brick In The Wall’, wrote that the series of unfortunate events implicating AirAsia had reflected badly on the company.

“If AirAsia could not appreciate the need to minimise risk and pay attention on safety issue, the tragedy off the western coast of Kalimantan that cost 162 lives will eventually find its way into the short and long term financials of the company,” he wrote.

In terms of aircraft safety, the blogger wrote that in Malaysia, the commercial air operators must pass stringent requirements as per the Civil Aviation Act 1969 before they can acquire the Airline Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

“DCA require and ensure all commercial airline operators have a complete documentation of all operations, safety procedures and assets.

“These documents, processes and records are audited.

“Malaysian commercial airline operators have been issued with caution, to maintain the renewal of AOC.

“DCA adheres to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a global aviation body for all its certification issued to airline operators in Malaysia,” he wrote.

He added, that DCA adhered to the standard in certification religiously because any defect in monitoring standards could result in Malaysian carriers not allowed to operate from countries abroad.

“The DCA would constantly audit how the training of the technical crew is maintained and operated.

“To minimise risk, audit attention is on aviators training for emergency and crisis in the air,” he wrote.

A Voice also mentioned that there is also a new amendment to give DCA more teeth as jails and stiff fines await those who give false information about their aviation company’s air safety adherence.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at