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India’s aviation safety audit: ICAO satisfied with regulatory mechanism

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The five-member team of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that was conducting an audit of the Indian aviation sector between November 6 and November 16 as part of its universal safety oversight audit programme has found the regulatory mechanism here “satisfied” according to its preliminary feedback, the government said in a statement on Friday. An e-mail query sent to ICAO did not elicit any response at the time of going to press.

The team, which apprised areas such as legislation, personnel licensing, airworthiness, operations, organisation, visiting Chennai, Mumbai and the Civil Aviation Training College in Allahabad to inspect implementation of safety procedures laid down by ICAO and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

“As per preliminary feedback, the audit team was satisfied with the safety system put in place by the safety regulator,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. The audit involved verification of responses by the sector regulator to ICAO’s detailed questionnaire with over 600 questions about the systems put in place. Earlier this month, It is  reported that the ICAO was expected to review the functioning of operators including GoAir, Air India Charters, Kestrel Aviation, among others.

To ensure that global aviation safety measures are complied with, the ICAO regularly carries out the universal safety oversight audit of its member states. The ICAO’s audit team presents its report to the headquarter team and draft report is made available to the authorities in about 90 days, who will then be required to provide its comment and draw its action plan on various aspects of the report and make it available to ICAO within 45 days. Post that, the finalised report will be made available to the members states.

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