FAA to establish foothold in India

While it’s not exactly NextGen, the Times of India had an interesting item about the FAA’s efforts to establish closer ties with the aviation community in India. At this week’s India Aviation conference and expo in Hyderabad, acting Administrator Robert Sturgell announced that the agency will be dispatching a permanent representative to India for the first time.

“Through partnerships in these area we want to learn from each other. Safety and efficiency solutions will benefit every one,” [Sturgell] said.

Sturgell said as countries were developing new aviation systems, there was a need to ensure that they are harmonized. He pointed out that the FAA had already set up working groups to address safety and efficiency issues.

“You face many challenges including infrastructure challenges but you are not alone. Others are also facing the same challenges,” he said while referring to the growth of Indian civil aviation over the last seven decades.

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