Aviation Safety Rule: those who judge others should hold themselves to a Higher Standard

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ARTICLE: Payback time: ‘Downgraded’ DGCA probes US aircraft that landed in Mumbai sans engine part

The underlying premise of ICAO’s USOAP , the FAA’s IASA and the EU’s program to audit the CAAs of other countries is that the auditor must be more expert than the audited. That’s a very high standard and the lowering of India to a Category II country stimulated The Times of India to find fault with the auditor’s own performance.

The criticism made by the New Delhi reporter is inapt. The facts are that a cowling was not in place upon landing at a foreign point. United operates in excess of 3,000 flights a day around the world. The premise of the newspaper criticism is that an inspector should have interdicted this one airworthiness problem. That’s absurd and the attack demonstrates the writer’s lack of understanding of the FAA’s findings about the Indian DGCA. That review found, among other things, that the government of India did not have adequate training, staffing and procedures to surveil the large and expanding airlines within its jurisdiction. That IASA critique was not premised on an individual incident.

This article, however incorrect in its analysis, should remind the US regulators and those regulated by the FAA that we set a high standard and we must meet those marks of excellence daily.

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