The tremendous growth in Indian aviation and the importance of this traffic to South Asia and
the United States has prompted the US FAA to send its first representative to New Delhi. A lot
has happened since Mr. Randall S. Fiertz arrived in July 2006. Under this arrangement, however,
the FAA is able to work with a team of American companies to present joint solutions for
aviation safety problems. The result is more flexibility and more possibilities under what is
called an Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for this
program was initiated in April-2007 during visit to India by Federal Aviation Administrator Ms
Marion Blakey brings it into effect. The formal signing ceremony took place in Washington, DC on
June 22, 2007 between Indian Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Praful Patel and US Trade Develop
The U.S-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), a public-private partnership between the U.S.
Trade Development Agency (USTDA), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S.
aviation companies, has been established to provide a forum for unified communication between
the Government of India and U.S. public and private sector entities in India. The ACP is
designed to work directly with the Indian Government to identify and support India’s civil
aviation sector modernization priorities.
The ACP will serve as a mechanism through which Indian aviation sector officials can work with
U.S. civil aviation representatives to highlight specific areas for technical cooperation. The
ACP consists of both U.S. Government and private sector representatives, and its secretariat
will function as the focal point for responding to Indian areas of interest i.e. aerospace and
aviation sector by identifying appropriate training programs and other cooperative activities as
well. The secretariat will be responsible for managing and organizing the identified training
and technical cooperation activities.
2008 was the ACP’s first year of operation, 19 US companies joined the ACP throughout the year,
and the ACP initiated its first two projects – completed one in October. In addition, the ACP
proposed four additional projects to commence in 2009.
2008 also found the ACP firmly establish itself with a highly acclaimed presence in the Indian
Aviation 2008 air show at Hyderabad, India.
Initially, the ACP intends:
- to focus on activities that support air traffic/air space management enhancements and the
challenge of rapidly increasing aviation traffic in India.
- to focus on activities of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) and ATM
infrastructure to support airspace management. This vital area is to focus before looking
restructuring of the Indian airspace.
- to focus on passenger facilitation technology i.e. most of the system will be installed
the terminal building and its security aspects system. This is basic area of requirements.
- to focus on aviation metrological services, which plays important role for operation of
movements. In Indian context, aviation metrological services are not upto
the required level. This area is more technology incentive and later is training of
- to focus on aviation safety management, flight standards for various type of aircrafts,
and ATCO licensing, CNS equipment certification and licensing the CNS personnel and helping
DGCA-India for implementation of Civil Aviation. Requirements(CAR) on Indian context, etc.
will assist in setting up the MRO facilities in India.
- to carry out the study on airport environment and emission impact on Indian aviation.
The ACP will coordinate identified government and industry priorities in these areas, develop
corresponding activities, and recommend activities that U.S. Government agencies, such as USTDA,
the FAA, and U.S. private industry can support. Specific technical cooperation programs will
depend on the priorities Indian and U.S. officials identify, and may include training
opportunities in India and the United States, on-the-job training, and personnel exchange