The Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC) that was recently set up by the Indian government conducted its first meeting which was inaugurated by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel in New Delhi. During the inaugural occasion, the Minister emphasized the need for such a council to strengthen India’s aviation sector and help in formulation of rules and regulations for safe flying within the country.
Ensuring full support to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in its initiative, Patel said, “The civil aviation sector is slated to grow further in the next few years in response to the economic growth. But this growth should come hand in hand with safety.” He also called upon all airlines, airport operators and others associated in the sector to be equally responsible for the safety of the sector. At the meeting, it was decided to start 4 working groups to address different issues of safety in the sector. The groups will be on airworthiness, flight operations, aerodromes and air navigation.