Bangalore: India is in touch with American and European regulatory authorities for signing the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA), which would pave the way for automatic acceptance of Indian aviation products in those countries, a civil aviation official said on 22 January.
However, it was a lengthy process and likely to take five-six years before the pact was inked, said R P Sahi, joint director general, Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Teams from American and European regulatory authorities have already visited the Bangalore-headquartered Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and also audited DGCA’s accounts as part of the process.
Similar technical agreement have already been signed with Russia, Chile and Israel, and they are currently awaiting government ratification.
Air passenger traffic growth in India was between 46% and 49% in the last two years.