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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.
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.
The decision to upgrade the country's aviation safety will be taken after the US regulator's team files its report, by mid-April.
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.
The permission not only invigorates the India's aviation sector but also encourages the industry at large to focus more on manufacturing in India.
The Federal Aviation Administration today banned all US civilian flights over Iraq, just hours after airstrikes against jihadists.
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".
The CAA Bill, besides regulating civil aviation safety, empowers the proposed authority to draw up a state safety programme and approve safety management system.
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.
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.
A FAA downgrade of India's aviation safety ranking would result in banning Indian airlines from code-sharing and service expansion in the US.
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.
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.