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ICOA - Aviation

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is headquartered in the Quartier International of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The agency is a part of the United Nations Organisation and is entrusted with formulating policies and regulations pertaining to civil aviation. ICAO prepares and amends guidelines and regulations to be adhered by the aviation organisations from the 193 member states. The policies are envisioned to ensure the safe and smooth operation of the aviation industry.

The ICAO was formed in 1944 Chicago Convention after replacing its predecessor International Commission for Air Navigation (ICAN). The Standard and Recommended Practices (SRPs) prepared by ICAO has to be followed by civil aviation organisations from the member states. ICAO keeps a close watch on the aviation operations and amends the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and safety precautions from time to time.

The ICAO has an internal committee, Air Navigation Commission (ANC), consisting of technical experts from 19 member states. The nominated council in ICAO appoints them. The 19 commissioners are responsible for the development of Standard and Recommended Practices and amendments in those as required. The SRPs prepared by the commission will be submitted to ICAO council for approval. Once approved by the council the SRP will be forwarded to the member states for implementation.

To sum up, ICAO is the regulating authority for international civil aviation. The agency has the right to amend and implement the SRPs, SOPs and additional directives based on the observed changes in the aviation sector. The creation of ICAO was paramount since the aviation industry operates sans borders and a common agency was essential to monitor, ascertain and regulate the industry.

About aviation

Civil aviation in India has been growing leaps and bounds for the last couple of decades. Indian aviation is considered to be the third-largest in the world. The arrival of the budget-friendly airline has witnessed exponential growth in domestic travellers. The number of air travellers has been growing at a constant rate.

The increase in the number of airlines has opened the floodgate of opportunities for those seeking jobs in the aviation sector. The jobs in the aviation sector offer both status and better remuneration than most of the other sectors. The other aspect that distinguishes aviation is the boundless option it provides. Aviation technology is the same across the globe. Therefore, an aspirant can apply for a job in any part of the world.

The civil aviation in India is guided and directed by Director General Civil Aviation, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India. The DGCA works in tandem with ICAO for regulating the aviation operations according to the rapid changes happening in the sector. Hence, all the international regulations related to civil aviation is part of the curriculum taught in aviation academies in India. This is beneficial for the aviation aspirants from India in performing their duty confidently anywhere in the world.