FAA reinstates India’s Category 1 status

Th e US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has restored India’s aviation safety rating to Category 1 under its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) programme after the country was downgraded to Category 2 in January 2014.


FAA reinstates India’s Category 1 status


Th e US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has restored India’s aviation safety rating to Category 1 under its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) programme after the country was downgraded to Category 2 in January 2014. Importantly for India-domiciled carriers Air India and Jet Airways, the two are now free to increase their respective services to the US.

“U.S. and Indian aviation officials have an important, cooperative working relationship,” said US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Th e United States Government commends the Government of India for taking corrective action to address the safety oversight issues identified during the IASA process.”

A Category 1 rating means that the country’s civil aviation authority complies with ICAO standards and permits India’s air carriers to add flights to the US using their own aircraft and carry the code of US carriers on their operations.

The FAA downgraded India to Category II in January last year citing inadequate training among Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) inspectors as well as a shortage of fulltime Flight Operations Inspectors. In the wake of the downgrade, the DGCA set about resolving the outstanding issues in time for an FAA audit in December last year.