Private operators seek policy framework for charter operations_Press Trust of India
By PTI | 4 Apr, 2014, 06.57PM IST
NEW DELHI: Private air operators today urged the government to evolve a policy framework for non-scheduled air operations, saying lack of it was impeding the growth of general aviation.
Business Aircraft Operator's Association (BAOA), an umbrella body of non-scheduled operators (NSOPs), also objected to DGCA's surprise checks saying its public observations "misrepresent the proven safety consciousness prevailing among NSOPs and private aircraft operators".
n a letter to the Civil Aviation Ministry, BAOA Secretary Grp Capt R K Bali also pointed out that DGCA's downgrade by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was "due to shortage of qualified staff" to carry out operational and airworthiness inspections of aircraft.
"It is not fair to make Indian NSOP operators a scapegoat to showcase DGCA's authority by subjective reporting of the observations during these (recent) inspections," Bali said.
The letter came days after the ..