India mulls duty time limits for controllers

India is considering duty time limitations for air traffic controllers to better manage stress and fatigue.
The average duty hours for the ATCOs currently range between six to eight hours.
The new civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said airprox incidents so far this year rose to 26 compared to 15 and 22 in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Other steps like ATCO and pilot proficiency checks and system upgradation are being carried out.
“To cater to increasing future requirements, training and recruitment of ATCOs are being carried out by the Airports Authority of India,” Singh said.

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