New Delhi: With the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) set to conduct an audit of Indian aviation capabilities, the country’s civil aviation regulator has launched the process of filling vacancies in its ranks and re-certifying airlines and training institutions.

Director general of civil aviation (DGCA) M. Sathiyavathy on Tuesday said ICAO is likely to conduct its audit in November or December.

Sathiyavathy said US aviation watchdog Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had flagged certain issues around India’s flight safety inspectors, flying schools, certification process of airlines and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) inspection procedures.

In January last year, FAA had downgraded the country’s ranking, citing a lack of adequate regulatory oversight. It invited tighter scrutiny of air-worthiness and safety. Indian airlines were also not allowed to add new routes to the US.
28/07/15 PR Sanjay/Mint/Aviation Pros

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