Friday, July 12, 2013

Flight control

The Union cabinet's decision to replace the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with a new regulatory authority that will have greater financial and operational autonomy was overdue. A weak regulator, mired in controversy, is a serious problem for a civil aviation sector with an ambition to grow bigger, especially at a time when global perceptions of the economy are not optimistic. The proposed Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), to be established in accordance with standards laid down by the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), is a step in the right direction.
It has been evident for some time that the DGCA's limited powers had rendered it incapable of coaxing the structural changes demanded by India's civil aviation sector. Of late, India has also been faced with a threatened safety downgrade by international aviation agencies like the US's Federal Aviation Administration, even as the ICAO prepares to audit the DGCA's oversight record.
12/07/13 Indian Express