INDIA: New Indian regulatory body gets fast-track

India’s move to set up an an independent Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ensure better aviation safety, security and regulation oversight has been given the fast-track – within the next 18-24 months – after the Air India Express crash in Mangalore in May that killed 158 passengers and crew, according to Indian media reports. The […]


India’s move to set up an an independent Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ensure better aviation safety, security and regulation oversight has been given the fast-track – within the next 18-24 months – after the Air India Express crash in Mangalore in May that killed 158 passengers and crew, according to Indian media reports. The idea behind the new autonomous authority is that it will provide for more flexibility and faster decision-making, along with greater autonomy than that with the present regulator – the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which functions under the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The functions include setting up of standards for various agencies and personnel in the civil aviation sector, regulate traffic and issue licences to agencies such as airport and aircraft operators and personnel like pilots, traffic controllers and engineers. The authority will also have powers to take preventive, corrective and punitive action against agencies and staff for violation of rules and regulations and to ensure ethical trade practices, officials said. Another function of the authority will be to conduct periodic safety and security audits, including flight inspections of agencies to ensure that the prescribed local and global standards are being met.