Endeavour to promote safe and efficient Air Transportation through regulation and proactive safety oversight system.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation is the regulatory body governing the safety aspects of civil aviation in India. Various functions of DGCA are as under
Registration of civil aircraft;
Formulation of standards of airworthiness for civil aircraft registered inIndia and grant of certificates of airworthiness to such aircraft
Licensing of pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers and flight engineers, and conducting examinations and checks for that purpose;
Licensing of air traffic controllers;
Certification of aerodromes and CNS/ATM facilities;
Maintaining a check on the proficiency of flight crew, and also of other operational personnel such as flight dispatchers and cabin crew.
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;
Conducting investigation into incidents and serious incidents involving aircraft upto 2250 kg AUW and taking accident prevention measures includingformulation of implementation of Safety Aviation Management Programmes;
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;
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;
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;
Granting approval to aircraft maintenance, repair and manufacturing organizations and their continued oversight;
To act as a nodal agency for implementing Annex 9 provisions in India and for coordinating matters relating to facilitation atIndian airports including holding meetings of the National Facilitation Committee;
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;
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;
Keeping a check on aircraft noise and engine emissions in accordanc e with ICAOAnnex 16 and collaborating with the environmental authorities in this matter, if required;
Promoting indigenous design and manufacture of aircraft and aircraft components by acting as a catalytic agent;
Approving training programmes of operators for carriage of dangerous goods, issuing authorizations for carriage of dangerous goods, etc.
Safety Oversight of all entities approved/ certified/ licensed under the Aircraft Rules 1937.