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U.S. and India sign Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness Agreement Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Friday, 18 November 2011
New Delhi: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), USA and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India have completed a bilateral agreement between the United States and India that will allow for the reciprocal certification of aviation products.

Dorenda Baker, Director of the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service and Bharat Bhushan, Director General of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for India signed the Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (IPA) today in New Delhi. These implementing procedures reflect the mutual commitment of the United States and India to enhance international safety and will enable a more efficient exchange of aviation products.

This agreement between India and US will encourage investment in the Indian aircraft manufacturing industry and is also expected to help the fast growing aviation industry in India. It is expected to open huge market for export of aeronautical products.

The IPA details the scope and nature of the cooperation established in the framework set up in the U.S. - India Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) Executive Agreement. The BASA Executive Agreement was signed by the FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and the Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation for India, Dr. Nasim Zaidi, on July 18, 2011.

During the signing ceremony Ms. Baker congratulated the Mr. Bhushan for demonstrating and sustaining a high level of competence as a regulatory agency. The agreement will further strengthen our already successful safety partnership. The FAA appreciates India's long standing commitment to improving aviation safety.

In 2005, 32 DGCA officials were trained by the U.S. on certification procedures, quality and documentation, standards, design, metallurgy etc. Future collaboration is expected in noise emissions, safety lanes for helicopters, Gagan certification etc.

During the third India-US Aviation Summit, hosted by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) together with India's civil aviation agencies here today, Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Zaidi said that American companies should explore the wealth of opportunities in the areas ranging from airport modernisation and aerospace to MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) and cargo.

Apart from the safety agreement, the USTDA-partnered Metron Aviation inked a contract for a grant to the state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) to fund a project for the implementation of an advanced air traffic management (ATM) system in the country.

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