GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Civil Aviation
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2024
ANSWERED ON FEBRUARY 11, 2014
QUESTIONAir Safety Norms
2024. SHRI S. THANGAVELU:
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of CIVIL AVIATION be pleased to state;
(a) Whether it is a fact that Government has sought six more months to comply with air safety norms and other corrective measures issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA);
(b) If so, the details thereof;
(c) whether it is also a fact that the FAA has threatened to downgrade India's air safety ranking after it conducted an audit of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in December 2013; and
(d) If so, the details thereof;
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CIVIL AVIATION
(SHRI K. C. VENUGOPAL)
(a): No Sir.
(b): Does not arise in view of the (a) above.
(c) and (d): FAA has assigned Category 2 rating to India based on the IASA audit carried out by FAA in September 2013 and review conducted in December 2013 on the actions taken by India to address the findings.
The Category 2 has been assigned primarily due to the finding related to lack of sufficient number of regular FOIs in DGCA resulting in DGCA's inability to have effective safety oversight of its operators. Under Category 2, US will not permit any expansion/ changes to the services of Indian air carriers to the US and the existing operations of Indian air carriers to US are subjected to 'heightened FAA surveillance'.