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Government notifies norms for making AAIB independent body

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The government has reported the regulatory agenda for making the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) an autonomous body following The International Civil Aviation Organization (part of the United Nations)key audit of local aviation sector. The ICAO audit is a good ranking for India would come as a key enhancement for the country’s aviation sector which has growth prospective.


The audit (third in last nine years) would cover aspects with aircraft investigation tool, aerodrome operations, air traffic control and air navigation.

  • Norms have been notified for making AAIB(Under aviation regulator DGCA) an independent body and 21 positions plus that of Director General have also been informed.
  • The ministry is outlining the recruitment guidelines for the posts which would be perpetual ones and initially some posts would be filled up on deputation basis.
  • When an accident happens many reasons would be there comprising the possibility of lapses at the DGCA(Directorate General of Civil Aviation) Such matters get tackled.
  • The bureau (headed by a senior DGCA official), which was made a separate division under the (DGCA) in 2012 has the charge of inspecting all major aircraft accidents.
  • US aviation regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had also conducted a similar exercise following which India’s aviation safety ranking was withdrawn to category 1.

About ICAO:

ICAO was established in 1944 to run the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). 191 countries including India are part of the convention.It nurtures the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth.

  • Head: Dr. Fang Liu(Secretary General)
  • HQ: Montreal, Quebec, Canada