The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S.’s aviation safety watchdog, informed DGCA on Wednesday that, after a review, it had decided to maintain India’s “Category 1” rating for aviation safety monitoring.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set airline safety standards. It states they operate in or wish to operate in the United States or enter into codeshare partnerships with American carriers.
The FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program ascertains whether a nation’s oversight of its airlines complies with those standards.
FAA informed DGCA
According to a statement from the DGCA, “The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has informed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that India meets the international standards for aviation safety oversight of the Chicago Convention and its Annexes and continues to retain FAA IASA Category 1 status.” This status was most recently assessed in July 2018.
It also mentioned that the FAA had said that the DGCA has “demonstrated a commitment towards ensuring an effective safety oversight of India’s aviation system and appreciated the positive manner in which DGCA has worked with them.”
Personnel licensing, aircraft operation, and aircraft airworthiness are the three main areas on which the IASA program concentrates.
FAA IASA Program
FAA has run the IASA program for over a year. Physical audits are taking place between October 25 and October 29, 2021. Further, a follow-up evaluation occurred in July and September of 2022.
India received an Effective Implementation (EI) of 85.65% in ICAO assessment, up from a prior EI of 69.95%. However, the audit was conducted on November 2022.
The commitment of India to establishing efficient oversight of safety for its civil aviation system is demonstrated by the assessments made by both the FAA and the ICAO, according to the statement.
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