USA may revoke DGCA’s downgrade by the FAA


DGCA’s efforts and Narendra Modis visit to the US may finally lead to revoking of  US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s downgrade of Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) over safety fears earlier this year, reports Indian Express. The FAA team will carry out another inspection on December 8 this year.

A three-member Indian headed by Joint Director General Lalit Gupta will also visit Brussels in November for a meeting with the officials of the European Union (EU) Air Safety Committee. On agenda will be discussions pertaining to measures taken by the DGCA to improve its performance after the FAA downgrade.

The FAA downgraded India from Category 1 to Category 2 under its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) programme in January essentially calling out DGCA for its below par in meeting standards in technical expertise, trained manpower and maintenance records of air safety. This move barred Air India and Jet Airways—the only two Indian airlines that operate to the US—from expanding their operations in the US while impacting code-share arrangements with their American counterparts.

A Category 2 rating by the FAA has made India one of the 16 countries out of a total of 88 that have been assessed under IASA; the 16 include Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Nicaragua.



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