Saturday, August 26, 2017

Acquisition of aircraft: DGCA amends procedure for obtaining permission

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday said that it has amended the procedure for obtaining permission for import or acquisition of aircraft to include mandatory installation of the GPS-aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) on planes imported from January 1, 2019 onwards.
The rule was originally envisaged in the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016. “Accordingly, the aircraft being imported for registration on or after 01.01.2019 shall be suitably equipped with GAGAN equipment,” the new rule said. The rule mandating GAGAN in aircraft from 2019, however, won’t be applicable for aircraft that have already been inducted by airlines into their fleets.
According to the Airports Authority of India (AAI), GAGAN uses a system of ground stations to provide augmentations to the GPS standard positioning service navigation signal. The navigation system said to be designed for providing the additional accuracy, availability, and integrity necessary to enable users to rely on GPS for all phases of a flight. GAGAN would provide benefits beyond aviation to all modes of transportation, including maritime, highways, and railways, as per AAI website.
26/08/17 Indian Express