Babbitt pledges India co-operation on safety

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would cooperate with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) on developing the ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) used for flight navigation.
“AAI has shown keen interest in strengthening and developing GBAS. We will cooperate with them,” J. Randolph Babbitt, chief administrator of FAA, said at an industry event.
GBAS is a critical safety system that uses the global positioning system (GPS) for efficient and safe navigation and flight operations like landing, departure and surface operations within its area of coverage.
According to Babbitt, aviation safety was a key area in which FAA would increase its cooperation with the Indian authorities.
“We are also looking at runway safety and new technologies like satellite-based navigation system which will increase safety,” he said.
Babbitt is a member of the delegation led by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is on a three-day visit here.

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