Wednesday, August 23, 2017

India Braces for Next ICAO Audit

As the International Civil Aviation Organization prepares to start its latest audit of India under its Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program on November 6, the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is working hard to resolve copious anomalies in its systems and processes. The 10-day proactive audit includes analysis of flight safety, training and licensing and flight- and duty-time limitations of the DGCA, airports, and airlines.

The DGCA has completed the first step, which includes submission of protocol questions (PQ) to ICAO for compliance timelines. ICAO will also check Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) to ensure India exercises good practices. The DGCA meanwhile, has revised all CARs to incorporate the latest ICAO amendments.

In 2012 ICAO ranked India as the world’s 13th worst performer in safety; two years later the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration downgraded the country to Category 2 from Category 1, effectively halting its airlines from adding flights to the U.S. or entering into any new code-share agreements for a year.

Ensuring certification of non-scheduled airlines, particularly those flying internationally, continues to present a problem as have inadequacies associated with firefighting equipment, air traffic management and lighting at airports.
22/08/17 Neelam Mathews/AINonline