US aviation body finds 33 deficiencies in DGCA

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found 33 deficiencies in India’s aviation regulator, increasing the possibility of a downgrade of the nation’s safety rankings. FAA has decided to inspect the India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for compliance on these 33 areas which came to light in its September audit of the Indian regulator.

If the agency downgrades India, Indian airlines won’t be able to increase the number of flights to the US and additional checks will be imposed on existing flights of Air India and Jet Airways.

The US regulator will visit India again between 11 and 13 December, said a government official familiar with the developments who asked not to be identified. “The downgrade threat cannot be ruled out,” this person said, “but we are prepared as best as we can.” A spokeswoman for FAA declined to comment on whether India could be downgraded, especially since the visit which was earlier expected in January has been advanced to December. “The only thing I can confirm is that the FAA is continuing consultations with the civil aviation authority of India,” a FAA spokeswoman said in an email.

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