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FAA to Help Strengthen India’s Civil Aviation Standards

New York, Dec 07, 2006

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has entered into a formal agreement with the Indian government to assist in modernizing the country’s civil aviation infrastructure. The third fastest growing market of its kind worldwide, India’s domestic aviation sector is projected to grow 20% every year between now and 2009.

Specifically, the FAA will partner with the Directorate General for Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India to institute infrastructure-building measures. The efforts are geared toward providing the market with the capacity and flexibility needed to manage such considerable growth. FAA support will include technical assistance in developing aviation safety standards, air traffic control personnel training, and airspace design. Additional areas of assistance may include the inspection and certification of India’s aircraft equipment and airports.

The agency is also expected to assist in the development and certification of India’s satellite-based air navigation system, known as the GAGAN project. A GPS-based (Global Positioning System) navigation and landing system that provides precision guidance to aircraft, the GAGAN project mirrors the WAAS (wide-area augmentation system) navigation system used in the United States.

“India is an important player in our effort to create a seamless global satellite navigation system,” said FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey. “I am pleased that we can help them develop their aviation infrastructure to support the growing needs of both India and the international community.”

The FAA is also working on a separate bilateral safety agreement with India to allow full reciprocity in aircraft certification.

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