FAA Officials Cite Growth Of Aviation in India For
Indian air traffic
controllers will train with fellow US ATC workers due to a new
initiative to accelerate civil aviation ties between the two
countries. The training will be conducted under the India-US
Aviation Steering Committee whose first meeting was held in the
capital city of New Delhi on Friday October 26, according to the
A cooperative program called Cooperation Programme (ACP) in
India will be overseen by a US-India Joint Aviation Steering
Committee. The FAA has permanent representation with 15 countries
worldwide including India.
"The training is the first project of the ACP. It will begin in
January and run through 2008, focusing on air traffic operations at
the two busiest Indian airports of Delhi and Mumbai," James
Filippatos of the FAA, told reporters on Friday.
"The project will be completed in four phases, permitting Indian
and American air traffic control officials to work together," added
Filippatos, who is the FAA assistant administrator for
"We see an opportunity to enhance our partnership with India
because of the growth that is (occurring) here," said Filippatos of
the two initiatives, which grew out of a suggestion made by Civil
Aviation Minister Praful Patel at the first US-India Aviation
Summit here in April.
The ACP is a
public-private partnership between the US Trade and Development
Agency, the FAA, US aviation companies and the Indian
"The Aviation Cooperation Program provides a forum for
communication between the government of India and US public and
private sector companies in India and works directly with the
Indian government to support India's civil aviation sector
modernization priorities," a US embassy release said. The steering
committee will oversee the work of various working groups that will
focus initially on air traffic control, flight standards, airports,
airworthiness and environmental issues, Filippatos said.
Each working group will be co-chaired by a senior executive from
the FAA and the Indian civil aviation ministry "and will develop
and implement a work plan and report its progress regularly to the
steering committee", the official added.
The steering committee will meet every six months "to prioritize
and give directions to the working groups," Filippatos said.