Indian safety council inaugurated, further DGCA autonomy planned

Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel inaugurated the newly formed Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC). The council will give suggestions to the Government on various air safety issues.

The first CASAC meeting was held on June 3, 2010. The 28 members will meet every month for three months and then on a quarterly basis. Aviation Minister Patel indicated : “…in future we will try to even bring about suitable legislations if necessary to further strengthen the DGCA, and empower it by appropriate legislation so that the autonomy of the DGCA is well respected.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has already sent 11 teams to inspect all the runways in India, which are classified as critical. The airports that will be inspected first on a priority basis are:

  • Leh Airport (IXL/VILH)
  • Kulu-Bhuntar Airport (KUU/VIBR)
  • Shimla Airport (SLV/VISM)
  • Port Blair Airport (IXZ/VOPB)
  • Agartala-Singerbhil Airport (IXA/VEAT)
  • Lengpui/Aizawl Airport (AJL/VEAZ)
  • Kozhikode-Calicut Airport (CCJ/VOCL)
  • Mangalore-Bajpe Airport (IXE/VOML)
  • Jammu-Satwari Airport (IXJ/VIJU)
  • Patna Airport (PAT/VEPT)
  • Latur Airport (LTU)

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