DGCA travels to US to defend air safety standards

A few months back, the FAA sent India notice that the DGCA was not meeting its standards on safety and other administrative issues. Following this, a team of DGCA officials, accompanied by a senior official from the Indian embassy in Washington met the FAA officials and presented India’s case.  The officials convinced the FAA to take back its decision demote India from category 1 to category 2 country in the aviation sector, the civil aviation ministry said in a press statement. An excerpt from the press release reads:

[The] FAA was fully satisfied with the DGCA’s functioning in various regulatory areas relating to safety. It has been categorically stated by FAA that there is no requirement, as of now, to start any consultation process in the direction of conducting a fresh IASA [International Aviation Safety Assessment] of the DGCA by the FAA. They have also reiterated that India would continue to enjoy the privileges of Category I country.

PIB 07SEP12

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