Directorate-General of Civil Aviation Current Affairs - 2020

Arun Kumar appointed as DGCA Director General

Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved appointment of Arun Kumar, Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor, to Union Ministry of Civil Aviation as the new Director General (DG) in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in rank and pay of Additional Secretary.

About Arun Kumar

He is 1989 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

He is currently serving as additional secretary in Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and will now be holding full-time charge as Chief of aviation regulator DGCA.

He was heading DGCA as an additional charge between 31 May 31 and 9 July 2019.

Predecessor: He will succeed B S Bhullar who was appointed as full-time DGCA chief in December 2016. He is an IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh (UP) cadre. In between June 2016 and December 2016, he was also heading DGCA as additional charge. During his tenure, his main role was as additional secretary in Ministry of Civil Aviation.

About Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

It is regulatory body in field of Civil Aviation primarily dealing with safety issues. It is headquartered in New Delhi with regional offices in various parts of India.

It is an attached office of Union Ministry of Civil Aviation which is responsible for regulation of air transport services to or from or within India and for enforcement of civil air regulations, air safety and airworthiness standards.

It is also responsible for coordinating all regulatory functions with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

AAI signs pact with Boeing to modernise India’s Air Traffic Management

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a technical assistance agreement with Boeing to develop and modernise India’s Air Traffic Management.

Key Highlights

  • Roadmap: Aerospace major Boeing entered into a technical assistance pact with AAI to jointly develop a comprehensive 10-year roadmap for modernising air traffic management in India. It is expected to be developed within 1.5 years (18 months).
  • The roadmap will be undertaken with a grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
  • The roadmap so developed by Boeing will be used as guidance in the modernisation of the Indian National Airspace System (NAS). It will be based on global and local best practices of optimally utilising airspace capacity, enhancing communications and also investing in surveillance, navigation and air traffic management.
  • Boeing will also analyse current technologies and processes to identify efficiency improvements that can be implemented in project undertaken at the same time maintaining a practical and safe airspace system.
  • Collaboration: As part of the project Boeing will work closely with Directorate General of Civil Aviation (Indian aviation regulator), airlines operating in India, airport operators and other airspace stakeholders like US-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP).
  • Significance: Airports Authority of India (AAI) owns and manages around 125 airports across India thus implementation of modern technologies and adoption of global practices will allow India to increase its airspace capacity significantly. It will improve communications, enable flexible use of airspace in country and will also allow safe processing of additional flights using air navigation infrastructure for more efficient skies in India.