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Good news for airlines with US plans: DGCA aces FAA audit
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has aced the audit by the US-based Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) by achieving about 90 per cent of the total compliances, sources said.

Sources in DGCA say that the FAA Audit went off extremely well. “In a record of sorts, India did not get any adverse observations. On the contrary, in a number of cases- about 90 per cent they got appreciation. FAA noted the regulatory and manual reforms carried out DGCA and endorsed. In a few cases, they noted that it was work in progress and was likely to be completed in days ahead,” said a senior DGCA source, who did not want to be identified.

“Overall all positive and no negative word or view expressed in their assessment. This was the best, India has ever performed in a FAA audit till date,” the source added.

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Gen (Retd) VK Singh stated that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) monitors the airfares on certain routes on a monthly, rolling basis for a 15 day’s cycle, in order to ensure reasonable airfares.

A successful completion of FAA audit would mean Indian carriers would not face any issue in launching flights to the US. This also ensures that that other aviation regulators do not raise any concern over India’s regulatory standing, thus, making it easier for Indian carrier to expand globally.

The FAA team conducted an audit for seven days. This audit follows a five-member team audit by FAA in October last year that had looked into safety guidelines, including the licensing of personnel and airworthiness, during their audit.

This is not the first time FAA had audited India’s DGCA. The US agency had downgraded India to Category II in safety oversight capability in January 2014 over two key concerns: lack of training of officials and the absence of full-time flight operations inspectors on the DGCA’s rolls. A category II status meant Indian airlines will have to go through stringent scrutiny for being able to operate flights to the US.

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