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The Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention 1944), which helps governments to cooperate under the convention, only applies to the operations of civilian aircraft and not to state or military aircraft.Flights carrying national leaders are considered state aircraft, and are therefore not subject to ICAO provisions.[See below]

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AUTHORITIES

 Ministry of Civil Aviation

Ministry of Civil Aviation is responsible for formulation of national policies and programmes for the development and regulation of the Civil Aviation sector in the country. It is responsible for the administration of the Aircraft Act, 1934, Aircraft Rules, 1937 and various other legislations pertaining to the aviation sector in the country.

The ministry is responsible for administering the following Acts ⇓

S.No.Acts NameAttachmentPublish Date
1The Anti-Hijacking Act, 2016Download (181.36 KB) 
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01/07/2016 – 5:00pm
2The Carriage by Air(Amendment) Act,2016Download (91.18 KB) 
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06/04/2016 – 3:00pm
3Tokyo Convention Act, 1975Download (579.13 KB) 
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06/07/2015 – 12:45am
4The Foreign Aircraft Exemption from Taxes and Duties on Fuel and Lubricants Act, 2002Download (84.77 KB) 
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30/03/2015 – 11:15am
5The Carriage by Air Act and Amendment 2009Download (23.58 KB) 
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30/03/2015 – 11:00am
6The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Act, 2013Download (1.89 MB) 
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30/03/2015 – 11:00am
7AIRCRAFT ACT 1934Download (62.22 KB) 
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30/03/2015 – 11:00am
8Air Corporations Transfer of Undertakings and Repeal Act. 1994.Download (4.21 MB) 
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30/03/2015 – 11:00am
9The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act,2008Download (4.21 MB) 
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30/03/2015 – 11:15am
10Airport Authority of India Act, 1994 As amended by the Amendment Act 2003Download (116.49 KB) 
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30/03/2015 – 12:15pm

Rules

S.NO.TitleAttachmentPublish Date
1Aircraft Investigation of Accident and Incident Rules,2012Download (237.48 KB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
2Aircraft Security Rules, 2011Download (35.8 KB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
3The Carriage of Dangerous Goods Rules, 2003Download (83.31 KB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
4The Aircraft Demolition of obstructions caused by Buildings & Trees Rules, 1994Download (14.66 KB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
5Amendment to the Aircraft Rules, 1937 regarding leasing & financing of aircrafts in accordance with Cape Town ConventionDownload (148.93 KB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
6Amendment to the Aircraft Rules, 1937-Insertion of Part XII-ADownload (226.36 KB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
7Amendment to the Aircraft Rules, 1937 regarding Airline Transport LicensingDownload (151.1 KB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
8Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Secretary, Recruitment Rules, 2012Download (528.7 KB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
9S.O. 84E – Rules governing the height of building Structure around AirportsDownload (11.36 MB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
10Aircargo Security Rules 2011Download (7.08 MB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
S.NO.TitleAttachmentPublish Date
11AERA Appellate Tribunal Salaries and Allowances and Other Terms and Conditions of Service of the Chairperson and Other Members Rules, 2011Download (2.67 MB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
12AERA, Appellate Tribunal Forms for Application and Appeal and Fee Rules, 2010Download (1.95 MB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
13AERA Employees number of posts and conditions of service Rules, 2011Download (2.75 MB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
14Airports Authority of India Major Airports Development Fees Rules, 2011Download (1.28 MB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
15Aircraft Rules – 1937Download (1.33 MB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
16Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Salaries, Allowances and Other Conditions of Service of the Chairperson and Members Amendment Rules, 2010Download (506.84 KB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
17Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Salary, Allowances and Other Conditions of Services of Secretary Rules, 2009Download (3.36 MB) Thursday, May 28, 2015
18Recruitment Rules for the various posts in Aircraft Accident Investigation BureauDownload (898.52 KB) Friday, December 23, 2016
19Amendment to the Aircraft Rules, 1937- reg.Download (255 KB) Friday, December 23, 2016
20Inviting comments of General Public on Amendment to the Aircraft Rules, 1937 for more effective implementation of Cape Town Convention and Cape Town Protocol in IndiaDownload (1020.86 KB) Friday, December 23, 2016
S.NO.TitleAttachmentPublish Date
21Inviting comments of General Public on Amendment to rule 62 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937(5th Amendment) for revision of fee charged for AME License ExaminationDownload (927.57 KB) Friday, December 23, 2016
22Inviting comments of General Public on Amendment to rule 82 & 83 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937Download (1016.75 KB) Friday, December 23, 2016
23Inviting comments/suggestions of the stakeholders on Draft Anti-hijacking Rules, 2016Download (1.43 MB) Friday, December 23, 2016
24Amendment to Schedule XI of the Aircraft Rules, 1937, for giving effect to the new FDI Policy of the Government-regDownload (1.02 MB) Friday, December 23, 2016
25Amendment to rules 38, 38A, 38B, 41, 41A, 45 and rules 3B, 14, 16, 17 etc. of the Aircraft Rules, 1937-reg.Download (1.06 MB) Friday, December 23, 2016

Agreement

AgreementsAttachmentPublish Date
Amendment to the concession agreement between the Government of India and Bangalore International Airport Limited 20 Nov,2006Download (2.96 MB)  
Concession Agreement for the Development, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of the Bangalore International Airport between Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India and Bangalore International Airport Limited 5th July 2004Download (382.64 KB)  
AgreementsAttachmentPublish Date
Concession Agreement for the Development, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of the Hyderabad International Airport between Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India and Hyderabad International Airport Limited 20th December 2004Download (317.68 KB)  
AgreementsAttachmentPublish Date
Lease DeedDownload (102.65 KB)  
State Government Support AgreementDownload (1.57 MB)  
CNS-ATM AgreementDownload (1.55 MB)  
Shareholders AgreementDownload (294.87 KB)  
State Support AgreementDownload (351.17 KB)  
Operation Management and Development AgreementDownload (945.4 KB)  
AgreementsAttachmentPublish Date
Lease DeedDownload (107.92 KB)  
State Government Support AgreementDownload (651.87 KB)  
CNS-ATM AgreementDownload (1.15 MB)  
Shareholders AgreementDownload (286.97 KB)  
State Support AgreementDownload (2.17 MB)  
Operation Management and Development AgreementDownload (943.77 KB) 

Regulator

Directorate General of Civil Aviation

Directorate General of Civil Aviation is the regulatory body governing the safety aspects of civil aviation in India. The regulations are in the forms of the Aircraft Act, 1934, the Aircraft Rules, the Civil Aviation Requirements, the Aeronautical Information Circulars.  The Advisory and guidance material is in the form of circulars. 

Functions 

1.Registration of civil aircraft;
2. Formulation of standards of airworthiness for civil aircraft registered in India and
grant of certificates of airworthiness to such aircraft;
3. Licensing of pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers and flight engineers, and
conducting examinations and checks for that purpose;
4. Licensing of air traffic controllers;
5. Certification of aerodromes and CNS/ATM facilities;
6. Maintaining a check on the proficiency of flight crew, and also of other operational
personnel such as flight dispatchers and cabin crew;
7. Granting of Air Operator’s Certificates to Indian carriers and regulation of air transport services operating to/from/within/over India by Indian and foreign operators, including clearance of scheduled and non‐scheduled flights of such operators;
8. Conducting investigation into incidents and serious incidents involving aircraft upto 2250 kg AUW and taking accident prevention measures including formulation of implementation of Safety Aviation Management Programmes;
9. Carrying out amendments to the Aircraft Act, the Aircraft Rules and the Civil Aviation Requirements for complying with the amendments to ICAO Annexes, and initiating proposals for amendment to any other Act or for passing a new Act in order to give effect to an international Convention or amendment to an existing Convention;
10. Coordination of ICAO matters with all agencies and sending replies to State Letters, and taking all necessary action arising out of the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) of ICAO;
11. Supervision of the institutes/clubs/schools engaged in flying training including simulator training, AME training or any other training related with aviation, with a view to ensuring a high quality of training;
12. Granting approval to aircraft maintenance, repair and manufacturing organizations and their continued oversight;
13. To act as a nodal agency for implementing Annex 9 provisions in India and for coordinating matters relating to facilitation at Indian airports including holding meetings of the National Facilitation Committee;

14. Rendering advice to the Government on matters relating to air transport including bilateral air services agreements, on ICAO matters and generally on all technical
matters relating to civil aviation, and to act as an overall regulatory and developmental body for civil aviation in the country;
15. Coordination at national level for flexi‐use of air space by civil and military air traffic agencies and interaction with ICAO for provision of more air routes for civil use through Indian air space;
16. Keeping a check on aircraft noise and engine emissions in accordance with ICAO Annex 16 and collaborating with the environmental authorities in this matter, if required;
17. Promoting indigenous design and manufacture of aircraft and aircraft components by acting as a catalytic agent;
18. Approving training programmes of operators for carriage of dangerous goods, issuing authorizations for carriage of dangerous goods, etc.
19. Safety Oversight of all entities approved/ certified/ licensed under the Aircraft Rules 1937.

Acts and rules

Aircraft Manuel 

AIRCRAFT ACT- 1934
AIRCRAFT RULES-1937
Tokyo Convention 1975 Act
Anti-Hijacking Act 1982
Anti Hijacking Act 1994 (Amendments 1994)
The Suppression of Unlawfull Acts Against Safety of Civil Aviation Act 1982
The Suppression of Unlawfull Acts Against Safety of Civil Aviation Act 1994
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS
Aircraft Security Rules 2011

More Laws

The Air Corporations Act, 1953 (27 of 1953)
IIThe Air Corporations (Transfer of Undertakings and Repeal) Ordinance, 1994 (4 of 1994)
IIIThe Air Corporations (Transfer of Undertakings and Repeal) Act, 1994 (13 of 1994) 
IVThe International Airports Authority of India Act, 1971 (43 of 1971)
VThe National Airports Authority of India, 1985 (64 of 1985)
VIThe Airports Authority of India Act, 1994 (55 of 1994)
VIIThe Carriage by Air Act, 1972 (69 of 1972)
VIIIThe Carriage by Air (Amendment) Act, 2009
IXThe Carriage by Air Act, 1972 (69 of 1972)  (as amended by The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Act, 2009 
XThe Tokyo Convention Act, 1975 (20 of 1975) 
XIThe Anti-Hijacking Act, 1982 (65 of 1982) 
XIIThe Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Civil Aviation Act, 1982 (66 of 1982) 
XIIINotification regarding application of the Carriage by Air Act, 1972, to carriage by air which is not international
XIVAERA Act
XVNotification regarding application of the Carriage by Air Act, 1

service providers

LIST OF AIR OPERATOR PERMIT (NON-SCHEDULED) AS ON 20.07.2017

Training

FLYING TRAINING INSTUTES CIRCULARS

2013FTIC 3 of 2013 – Procedure and Guidlines for issue of Student Pilot License (Aeroplane/Helicopter/Glider)
FTIC 2 of 2013 – Flying Test  for issue, renewal and endorsement of various licence    and ratings
FTIC 1 of 2013 – Installation of real time camera in Flying Training Organisation
2012FTIC 1 of 2012 – Preparation of Quality Assurance and Training Manual
2009FTIC 1 of 2009 – Revision of Flying Training rates in respect of SC/ST Scholarship Programme Deleted
2008FTIC 5 of 2008 – Endorsement on the similar types of aircraft like Cessna 152 and 172
FTIC 4 of 2008 – Age, Qualification, Experience etc. for Chief Ground Instructor
FTIC 3 of 2008 – Approval of Defence personnel to impart flight training in Civil Flight Training Institutes  
FTIC 2 OF 2008 – Continuation of flight training of senior Student-Pilots of Flight Training Institutes.
FTIC 1 of 2008 – Approval for conducting Refresher Course of CFI/FII/FI/API  

Indian Aviation Academy

Indian Aviation Academy, the joint training academy of Airports Authority of India (AAI) Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has been set up under the agis of NIAMAR-Society on 22nd July 2010. It aims to provide education, training and research in the field of aviation management, in ASIA-PACIFIC Region.

Training Programmes in the following areas are covered by the Academy

  1. Airport Operations
  2. Airport Engineering(Civil,Electrical,Electronics)
  3. Information Technology
  4. Project Management
  5. Airport Finance
  6. Commercial Aspects of Airport Management
  7. Human Resource Management
  8. Office management
  9. International aviation law
  10. Cargo Management
  11. Dangerous Goods Regulations
  12. Aviation Safety and Regulation
  13. Environmental Concerns
  14. AVSEC Training

International civil aviation organization under UNO

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention 1944).

International Convention

IChicago Convention on International Civil Aviation
IIThe International Air Services Transit Agreement, 1944
IIIThe International Air Transport Agreement, 1944
IVProtocol on the Authentic Trilingual Text of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, 1944
VThe Protocol on the Authentic Quadrilingual Text of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, 1944
VIThe Warsaw Convention, 1929
VIIThe Hague Protocol, 1955
VIIIThe Guatimala City Protocol, 1971
IXThe Additional Protocol No. 1, 1975
XThe Additional Protocol No. 2, 1975
XIThe Additional Protocol No. 3, 1975
XIIThe Montreal Protocol No. 4, 1975
XIIIThe Guadalajara Convention, 1961
XIVThe Geneva Convention, 1948
XVThe Rome Convention, 1952
XVIThe Tokyo Convention, 1963
XVIIThe Hague Convention, 1970
XVIIIThe Montreal Convention, 1971
XIXThe Montreal Protocol, 1988
XXThe Montreal Convention, 1991
XXIThe Montreal Convention, 1999
XXIIThe Cape Town Convention, 2001
XXIIIThe Cape Town Protocol, 2001
XXIVThe Consolidated Text of the Cape Town Convention and Protocol

Airport Authority of Indi  [A Public Sector Enterprise]

Airports Authority of India (AAI) was constituted by an Act of Parliament and came into being on 1st April 1995 by merging erstwhile National Airports Authority and International Airports Authority of India.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) manages a total of 125 Airports, which include 11 International Airports, 08 Customs Airports, 81 Domestic Airports and 25 Civil Enclaves at Defence Airfields. AAI also provides Air Traffic Management Services (ATMS) over entire Indian Air Space and adjoining oceanic areas with ground installations at all Airports and 25 other locations to ensure safety of Aircraft operations.

Security of Airports etc

CISF

THE CENTRAL INDUSTRIAL SECURITY FORCE ACT, 1968 (50 of 1968)

Special Protection Group

 The  Bureau of  Civil Aviation Security 

The main responsibility of BCAS are lay down standards and measures in  respect of security of  civil flights   at International  and  domestic  airports in India.

Aircraft (Security) Rules 2011

This rule applies to an aircraft registered in India, and to persons on an aircraft operated by an operator who has his principal place of business or permanent residence in India, wherever they may be;


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