New airline certifications to be implemented
New air carriers in India such as the local units of Singapore and AirAsia would be required to undergo a more rigorous screening procedure before being awarded a flying permit. The new requirements are called the CAP3100, the guidelines are ICAO recommended. The certification manual would also incorporate specifics on the process of international operations permit.
The new cerfication guidelines would make the current 5/20 rule redundant. Prior to the introduction of CAP3100, there was no single manual for airline ceritifcation in India. The airlines would have to cull requirements from a number of rules called the Civil Aviation Requirements to prepare and apply for a permit.
The manual would ensure those airlines seeking a permit would provide a range of details about their planes, airport staff, safety measures as well as perdonnel training and engineering. The manual would increase the accountability of the carriers, according to India's Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Mishra.
The decision to change the standing procedures comes after the recent audits conducted by ICAO and the FAA on the state of the regulatory measures of India. Mishra said both bodies had given India a clean bill as to its aviation standards but there would be more test forthcoming.