Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DGCA braces for ICAO safety audit

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is bracing for a safety oversight audit by the U.N. body, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), in November this year. The aviation regulator is taking a series of steps to save it from the embarrassment of the 2012 audit in which the ICAO had raised safety concerns about India’s aviation system.
The measures include hiring flight operation inspectors, aligning its rules with ICAO norms, certifying flight examiners, among others.

The DGCA will be furnishing its response to the detailed protocol questionnaire posed by ICAO for its Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) by August first week, officials said. This will be followed by a visit by ICAO officials to India from November 1-16 this year. “We have hired 67 flight operation inspectors and we plan to fill the remaining eight posts soon,” a senior DGCA official said, requesting anonymity.
To make the posts of flight operation inspectors attractive for experienced pilots, the DGCA offered them market-linked salary. “We managed to get the approval of the Finance Ministry within three days,” the official added.
18/07/17 Somesh Jha/The Hindu