Wednesday, December 05, 2018

India's score in ICAO audit likely to improve: DGCA official

India's score in the UN aviation watchdog ICAO's air safety oversight audit is likely to improve significantly as steps have been taken to address various issues, a senior official said Wednesday.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) carried out the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme for India in November 2017 and another team of the watchdog came in February this year. The audit result showed that the country's score declined to 57.44 per cent from 65.82 per cent earlier, placing India below Pakistan, Nepal and many other nations.
An ICAO team visited India last month and assessed the action taken on issues related to three areas that were audited by the watchdog in November 2015. Those pertained to Aerodromes and Ground Aids, Air Navigation Services (ANS) and Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation.
After the team's visit in November, the preliminary indications are that India's score should improve and is likely to rise to 74 per cent, the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) official said.
Currently, the country's score is 57.44 per cent, while the world average is around 65 per cent.
The ICAO looks at eight areas during an audit. They include Primary Aviation Legislation and Civil Aviation Regulations, Civil Aviation Organisation, Personnel Licensing and Training, Aircraft Operations and Airworthiness of Aircraft.
05/12/18 PTI/Economic Times
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