Friday, October 19, 2018

US, UN agencies to start checks on India's aviation safety from month-end

New Delhi: India's aviation safety standards will again be under the scanner of global agencies following the country scoring poorly in various key parameters during previous audits. While America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will visit the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on October 30 and 31, the critical inspection will be by the UN's aviation agency, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), from November 12.

ICAO had earlier scored India very low on three areas — accident investigation, airport standards and air navigation services (ANS). "The earlier audit did not go well. Poor rating of these three areas dragged us down a lot in ranking terms. We requested ICAO to visit us again and see the progress we have made in these areas. India even offered to pay for the cost of their trip for this check. Now they are coming on their own expense as some slots opened up from November 12," said a senior official.

ICAO conducted its "universal safety oversight audit program" (USOAP) audit last November. This audit given an overall effective implementation (EI) in percentage terms that is arrived at as an aggregate of individual scores in eight fields like legislation, organisation, personnel licensing and airworthiness of aircraft. This score gives an overall picture of how a country is complying with global aviation safety practices under different heads.
19/10/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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