The FAA has completed an audit of India's aviation authority, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and categorised the nation as Category 1. Every few years, the US transportation authority performs similar inspections to see if aviation protocols are being followed.
The FAA completed a seven-day audit of the DGCA on April 26th and declared India's aviation safety standards to be satisfactory. Not only that, but India is said to have outperformed itself this time when it came to fulfilling the FAA and ICAO's standards. According to a statement made by a DGCA official, “The FAA audit went off extremely well. In a record of sorts, India did not get any adverse observations. On the contrary, in a number of cases, about 90% received appreciation. The audit was conducted twice in the current and previous week. This was the best India has ever performed in an FAA Audit till date.”
The FAA took note of the DGCA's regulatory and manual revisions and endorsed them, according to the official. They also mentioned that it was work in progress in a few situations, and that it will be finished in the coming days. Everything was positive in general, and no negative opinions were stated in their evaluation.
Following the latest round of tests, India will maintain its Category 1 status, which is critical for airlines flying to the United States.