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•    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in the meeting held on 29.03.2011 had approved a proposal of AAI for a one-time grant-in-aid of Rs378.00 crore for final operational phase of a GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) project over Indian Air Space subject to certain conditions.

•    A new transfer policy had been implemented by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). The new regional offices of BCAS will now be opened at Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Guwahati and Amritsar and will be manned by the BCAS officers.

•    In order to streamline and facilitate the public service delivery systems of Ministry of Civil Aviation and its organizations it had been decided to constitute a Task Force to consider modalities of introduction of a “Single Window Public Service Delivery System”.

•    The Bay of Bengal Arabian Sea India Ocean Safety Monitoring Agency (BOBASMA) had been endorsed as a competent Air Space Safety Monitoring Agency by the Regional Air Space Safety Monitoring Advisory Group, ICAO. The Enroute Monitoring Agency is presently monitoring PBN compliance and assessing the level of safety in horizontal plane.

•    The Air Traffic Management (ATM) Contingency Plan for Indian Flight Information Regions (FIRs) had been updated to included revised route structure for safe and orderly flow of international traffic through upper Indian Air Space in case of disruption of Air Traffic Services.                 

•    Installation of Air Traffic Services (ATS) automation system had been completed at Mangalore.

•    On the airports side the revised charges for handling Non Scheduled Operators (NSOs) at airports which were not within the ambit of Airports Economic Regulatory Authority, had been implemented with immediate effect.

•    With regard to major airports, the Airports Authority of India (Major Airports) Development Fee Rules, 2011 had been notified on 02.08.2011.

•    With regard to perceived security threats from the surrounding areas of IGI Airport including the hospitality area (Aerocity), a Committee had been constituted by BCAS consisting of representatives from CISF, MCA, MHA, R&AW, ARC, Delhi Police and AAI under the Chairmanship of Jt. Commissioner of Security (CA).

•    Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) dated 11th August 2011 regarding flight and duty time limitations and rest requirements of flight crew engaged in scheduled/non-scheduled air transport operations and general aviation aircraft operations had been issued. The CAR is based on the report of the Committee formed by the Government to review the flight duty and time limitations of flight crew.

•    Minimum Safety Requirements for helicopter landing areas used on regular basis had been issued and which lays down the minimum safety requirements for helicopter operating to/from helicopter landing areas within the Indian territory outside and licensed aerodrome/heliports and procedures to be followed by helicopter operations for such operations.

•    Digital Automatic Terminal Information Service (DATIS) had been installed at Dehradun, Udaipur, Bhuntar airports, permitting automatic broadcast of airport information to the airlines/pilots.

•    AAI had installed an Instrument Landing System at Agra (Defence Airfield) commissioning flight check has been successfully completed.ILS has been commissioned at Delhi for runway 09.

•    Guidelines in the form of air traffic management circular have been issued on mandatory rest of relief for Air Traffic Control Operators (ATCOs). This will help in reducing stress and fatigue of ATCOs and improving overall safety levels.

Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement with US

India had signed Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) with United States on 18th July, 2011. This agreement provides for mutual certification of aeronautical products. It recognizes the mutual benefit of improved procedures for the reciprocal acceptance of airworthiness approvals and environmental testing, and the development of reciprocal recognition procedures for approval and monitoring of flight simulation training devices, aircraft maintenance facilities, maintenance personnel, flight crew members and flight operations. An Implementation Procedure for Airworthiness (IPA) was also signed in November, 2011.

India-US Aviation Summit

An India-US Aviation Summit was held in New Delhi from the 16th to the 18th of November 2011 in cooperation with the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The summit continued with the commitment of the United States and India to advance cooperation in the aviation sector. It focused on technical, policy and commercial elements in the sector, including infrastructure development, air traffic management, air traffic control, aviation security, general aviation and airspace utilization throughout India.

Amendments of Air Services Agreements

Keeping in view the recent developments in the civil aviation sector and with a view to modernize and update the existing Air Services Agreements (ASAs) with foreign countries as per the ICAO templates, the Ministry of Civil Aviation had signed ASAs with Indonesia and Brazil and ASAs initiated with Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Mozambique, Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago.

European Union Emission Trading System

An international meeting of ICAO council and other Non-EU member states was held in New Delhi on 29th – 30th September to discuss the inclusion of aviation in the European Union Emission Trading System (EU-ETS). Discussions included legal objection to EUETs, Policy objections, the role of ICAO-the way forward and discussions on next steps.

A joint declaration was negotiated and adopted at New Delhi on 30th September, 2011 opposing the scheme. India thereafter took the lead to co-present a Working Paper (WP), in ICAO Council which included the joint declaration.

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA):

•    In the flying calendar year Jan – Dec 2011, approximately 17000 hours had been completed and a total number of 80 CPL holders graduated in the current year.

•    DA 42 aircraft and one DA 42 Simulator had been inducted for multi engine training.

•    125 aspiring cadets had been selected to undergo training for the next year at IGRUA.

•    Considering the need for skilled manpower by the growing civil aviation industry in the country, a proposal for upgradating IGRUA to a national Aviation University, is being considered.

•    A proposal for the Airports Authority of India to take over Fursatganj Airfield, with a view to extend the runaway and convert it into a civil airport, along with a cargo hub and MRO Center, is under consideration.

•    To supplement the demand for skilled technical manpower it was proposed that to an aircraft maintenance engineer training school will be started at IGRUA.


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