Facts for Prelims (FFP)C
Context: The Civil Aviation Ministry has issued the Draft Aircraft Bill, 2023 to replace the existing Aircraft Act, 1934.
Aim: The draft bill aims to provide a simplified approach to regulations (including design, manufacture, possession, use, operation, sale, import, and export) in order to meet the current needs of the civil aviation sector and remove redundancies present in the 1934 law. It also seeks to bring India in line with the Chicago Convention.
- Creation of two statutory bodies, namely the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau. These bodies would be responsible for implementing the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) prescribed under the Chicago Convention and would discharge regulatory and oversight functions.
- Sufficient powers for the statutory regulatory bodies, such as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).