US, India sign aviation safety pact

November 17th, 2011 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Thursday announced the completion of a pact between the US and India that will allow for the reciprocal certification of aviation products.

Dorenda Baker, director of 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) Thursday here.

These implementing procedures reflect the mutual commitment of the US and India to enhance international safety and will enable a more efficient exchange of aviation products, a US embassy statement said.

The IPA details the scope and nature of the cooperation established in the framework set up in the US-India Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) Executive Agreement.

The BASA Executive Agreement was signed by the FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Zaidi July 18.

During the signing ceremony,Baker congratulated Bhushan for demonstrating and sustaining a high level of competence as a regulatory agency.

The FAA appreciates India’s long standing commitment to improving aviation safety, she said.

The process for the completion of the agreement started on July 18, during the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to India.

The agreement is expected to open huge market for export of aeronautical products manufactured in the US and other regions of the world.

This will happen by reciprocal airworthiness certification of civil aeronautical products imported/exported between the two signatory authorities.

“This agreement between India and US will also encourage investment in the Indian aircraft manufacturing industry, and it is also expected to help fast growing aviation industry in India,” an official with the civil aviation ministry said.

The development came at the two-day US-India aviation summit which is responsible in finding new areas of co-operation and opportunities across the Indian aviation market.

The third such summit is hosted by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) together with US-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) and Indian civil aviation agencies.

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.

The financial detail of the grant was not disclosed.

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