ICAO has raised objections but no safety audit report yet: DGCA

Last Updated: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 16:29

New Delhi: UN aviation watchdog ICAO had raised objections on licensing procedures for non-scheduled operators and airworthiness of some of the aircraft modified abroad but India is yet to receive the draft report of a December security audit from it, the DGCA chief said Friday.

"ICAO has not made the draft report available to us of the audit carried out by them in December last year, so there is no question of misleading the Parliament on the issue," Arun Mishra, Director General of Indian aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar.

He was replying to a question on reports raising doubts about Aviation Ministry's stand in Parliament that it had not received the safety audit draft report by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), of which India is also a member.

He also said that ICAO makes the draft report available after 90 days of audit, "which will be March-end, after which we are given 45 days for comments on the draft report. Then the report is finalised by ICAO."

The ICAO had carried out an audit of the DGCA in December last year and conducts aviation safety audits of its member nations every six years.

He said, "We have received objections related to licensing procedures of non-scheduled operator permits and airworthiness of some of the aircraft that were modified abroad.

"We have asked a report from the operators on all those which have been modified abroad in the recent past," Mishra said but did not elaborate further.

Earlier, while addressing the seminar on "Civil Defence Cooperation: Optimal Use of Air Space" here organised by Foundation for Aviation and Sustainable Tourism (FAST), Mishra stressed on the need for flexible use of air space by civilian aircraft in order to save precious fuel and time.

"There is need to use the airspace in flexible manner so that civil aircraft can save on time and fuel, as burning of fuel also impacts the environment, which is a major concern for the world," he said.

The ICAO, in this regard, has taken a basket of measures which include use of less emitting planes, implementation of performance based navigation and other procedures to reduce fuel burn, he added.

Mishra also said there was tremendous scope for use of unmanned civil aircraft, as it would help the civil aviation in a big way.


First Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 16:29

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