Program Introduction

The U.S-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) is a unique bilateral public-private partnership launched in 2007 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. Under this public-private partnership, USTDA has sponsored an conference in New Delhi, a multi-phase Air Traffic Management Training Program, and technical workshops on certification of India’s satellite navigation system, GAGAN, and Air Traffic Flow Management practices. New projects include a Helicopter Aviation Safety and Aviation Standards and Processes technical assistance program for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

The ACP is working mechanism through which Indian aviation sector officials can work with U.S. civil aviation representatives to highlight specific areas for technical cooperation. The ACP executive committee consists of both U.S. Government and US Industry (private sector) representatives, and its secretariat will function as the focal point for responding to Indian Government areas of interest i.e. aerospace and aviation sector by identifying appropriate training programs, Technology updates and other cooperative activities as well. The ACP secretariat will be responsible for managing and organizing the identified training and technical cooperation activities.

ACP is also expanding the activities in General Aviation, Aviation Security and Green Technology in aviation sector. To make ACP more focused in the activity area published a magazine “Shared Horizons” to become more visible in the aviation sector. A hard copy of the magazine is distributed across the stake holder’s table to take the note of the ACP on-going activities. This provides further mileage to ACP Members Company as well.

The ACP coordinates in identified Government and Aviation industry priorities in the area of interest, develop corresponding activity proposal, and recommend the proposal to U.S. Government agencies, such as USTDA, the FAA, and U.S. industry for support. Specific technical cooperation programs will depend on the priorities of Indian and U.S. officials to identify, and include training opportunities in India as well as in the United States, e.g. on-the-job training, and personnel exchange programs.

The ACP member company has leverage to interact directly with MoCA, DGCA, AAI, Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited, BCAS etc. through ACP Secretariat which provides more interactive session like Seminars, Workshops, Conference and meeting with stake holder’s to discuss about your product / services etc.

Mission

The U.S-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) was established in 2007 as a public-private partnership between the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), other US Government agencies and U.S. Companies. The ACP supports the growth of the Indian civil aerospace sector by working directly with the Government of India (GOI) to identify and execute projects that encourage collaborations between US and Indian stakeholders, in the area of aerospace technology and best practices.

Objectives

  • Promote greater engagement between US and Indian Government agencies and industry to enhance civil aviation in India.
  • Undertake projects that advance Cooperation in domains such as aviation safety, security, regulatory oversight and management.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to accelerate excellence in aviation operations.
  • Within India, increase awareness of, and facilitate access to, US expertise, technology and best practices to assist India’s aviation growth.

Focus Areas

  • NextGen Air Navigation System
  • Air traffic management modernization :
    • Satellite based Navigation System
    • Ground based Navigation System
    • Automatic Dependence Surveillance Broadcast
    • Radar Integration
  • Airspace and airport capacity analysis, development, and planning using software simulation toolkits and GIS
  • Aviation support Industry Development
  • Aviation Human Resources – Foster partnership between U.S. and Indian training organizations
  • Aviation safety – Promoting Global Harmonization and sharing of U.S. Best Practices
  • Aviation security – Enhance capacity to facilitate early adoptions of cutting edge technologies
  • Collaboration on development of Regional Transport Aircraft.