Aviation Sector Current Affairs - 2019
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The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) amongst BRICS Nations (viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) on Regional Aviation Partnership Cooperation. The objective of MoU is to benefit BRICS countries from establishing of institutional framework to cooperate in field of civil aviation.
The MoU signifies important landmark in civil aviation relations between India and other BRICS member states. It has potential to spur greater trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchanges amongst BRICS Nations. The areas of cooperation under MoU are public policies and best practices in regional services; airport infrastructure management and air navigation services; regional airports; technical cooperation between regulatory agencies; innovation; environment sustainability; deliberation of global initiatives; Qualification and Training and other fields as mutually determined.
State-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) is going to set up state-of-the-art Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) at Hyderabad’s Begumpet Airport. Foundation stone of the centre was laid by Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu. For this project, AAI has earmarked Rs 1,200 crore which will be spent over 12 years for research and development (R&D).
Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO)
CARO will be spread over 27 acres and cater needs of growing needs air navigation services and airport and engineering research. It is expected to be built in three years. It will houses latest infrastructure and be equipped with simulators. Its focus will be on pursuing inter-disciplinary solutions to improve the civil aviation sector.
CARO will find indigenous solutions to meet the challenges posed by growing air traffic and for enhancing safety, capacity and efficiency of aircraft operations in the country. It will take up research work on four priority areas: increasing airport throughput with existing infrastructural limitations, airspace optimization, cost-effective infrastructure solutions for upcoming 56 airports under Region Connectivity Scheme (RCS) and integrating drones in civil airspace.
India’s civil aviation sector is growing at hectic pace of over 20% and this growth is expected to continue in same momentum in future. This will require significant improvement to existing infrastructure and creation of new infrastructure to keep pace with the progress. The new research centre is expected to play important role in developing solutions and addressing problems airports currently face.