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US FAA report on India's aviation safety likely by 10 April
Business

US FAA report on India's aviation safety likely by 10 April

On 31 January, last year, the FAA had lowered India's safety ranking to Category-II from Category-I which the country had been holding since 1997.

DGCA acting on FAA findings on Indian civil aviation security: Sharma
India

DGCA acting on FAA findings on Indian civil aviation security: Sharma

The action on the findings would be presented to FAA during the final consultation meeting to be held in March/April, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said in Rajya Sabha.

India hopeful of getting back top safety rating from FAA
India

India hopeful of getting back top safety rating from FAA

The decision to upgrade the country's aviation safety will be taken after the US regulator's team files its report, by mid-April.

Game of drones: As US dithers, rivals get a head start
News & Analysis

Game of drones: As US dithers, rivals get a head start

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are a hot ticket in Silicon Valley, but U.S. government dithering over regulations has given overseas companies a head-start in figuring out how best to exploit them.

FAA unveils new drone rules; no night flights
News & Analysis

FAA unveils new drone rules; no night flights

The government proposed long-awaited rules Sunday to usher in an era of commercial drones zipping through U.S. skies, but packages from these unmanned aircraft won't be landing on doorsteps any time soon.

FAA nod for Indian aircraft parts comes as boost for PM's 'Make in India' campaign
Business

FAA nod for Indian aircraft parts comes as boost for PM's 'Make in India' campaign

The permission not only invigorates the India's aviation sector but also encourages the industry at large to focus more on manufacturing in India.

Woman IAS officer to head DGCA for the first time
India

Woman IAS officer to head DGCA for the first time

The 56-year-old Sathiyavathy, who will succeed Prabhat Kumar, will be the first woman to become the chief aviation regulator, official sources said, adding that the formal order is likely to be issued tomorrow.

US bans civilian flights over Iraq hours after airstrike on jihadists
World

US bans civilian flights over Iraq hours after airstrike on jihadists

The Federal Aviation Administration today banned all US civilian flights over Iraq, just hours after airstrikes against jihadists.

DGCA seeks review meeting with FAA over downgrading
India

DGCA seeks review meeting with FAA over downgrading

The minister said the government has given a one-time approval to the DGCA to appoint 75 posts of regular chief FOIs, deputy chief FOIs, senior FOIs and FOIs "on contract from the market instead of going through the UPSC route".

Centre defers bill to constitute CAA till next week
India

Centre defers bill to constitute CAA till next week

The CAA Bill, besides regulating civil aviation safety, empowers the proposed authority to draw up a state safety programme and approve safety management system.

 Bill to establish CAA similar to DGCA: parliamentary panel
India

Bill to establish CAA similar to DGCA: parliamentary panel

Panel chief Sitaram Yechury warned that following the FAA's downgrade move, the aviation regulators of Britain, Australia and few other nations could follow suit.

US FAA downgrades India's aviation safety ranking
Business

US FAA downgrades India's aviation safety ranking

The FAA has downgraded India to Category 2 from Category 1, Prabhat Kumar, India's director general of civil aviation, was quoted by the paper as saying.

US feds announce test sites for drone aircraft
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US feds announce test sites for drone aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones...

Hot seat: Govt struggles to find replacement for DGCA chief
Business

Hot seat: Govt struggles to find replacement for DGCA chief

These are hard times at India's safety regulator DGCA's offices in Jor Bagh. The incumbent Director General is leaving in a fortnight, a suitable replacement is yet to be found for him and it is possible that the office will remain headless for some time.

Will US aviation authority downgrade India's air safety ranking?
Business

Will US aviation authority downgrade India's air safety ranking?

A FAA downgrade of India's aviation safety ranking would result in banning Indian airlines from code-sharing and service expansion in the US.

Sit back and enjoy your gizmo as you fly
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Sit back and enjoy your gizmo as you fly

In as little as a few months, airline passengers could play video games, read e-books, watch movies and listen to music while their flights take ...

Plane lands without front landing gear at New York's LaGuardia Airport
World

Plane lands without front landing gear at New York's LaGuardia Airport

A Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to New York's Laguardia Airport touched down on Monday without its front landing gear but there were no immediate reports of injuries, CNN reported.

No evidence of mechanical problems in Asiana Airlines crash
World

No evidence of mechanical problems in Asiana Airlines crash

The focus of the probe into Asiana Flight 214 switched squarely to the pilots after investigators found no evidence of mechanical problems, the head of the US National Transportation Safety Board said.