to expand their American operations. Experts say the downgrade could also encourage other regulatory bodies like European Union (EASA), Singapore (CAAS), Japan (CAB) and UAE (GCAA) to follow suit.
The FAA downgrade, which puts India in the same category as Indonesia, Zimbabwe and Paraguay, comes after the FAA safety audit team, in a visit in September last year, raised 31 issues with DGCA’s oversight mechanism.
Of this, 24 issues had been addressed and seven were unresolved by the time a second FAA delegation paid a visit in December.
“We are hopeful that when we complete the training of the inspection officers by March, the FAA will review this. As soon as it is established that we have met all the requirements, India can regain its position,” India’s civil aviation minister, Ajit Singh, said on Friday.