You are back after a three-year stint as India’s representative to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). What would be your top priorities?
Aviation safety would be my top most priority and I would ensure that safety isn’t compromised at any cost. I will work towards improving the safety culture of not only the DGCA but all stakeholders of the aviation industry. We also need more technical staff in DGCA.
What are your views on the controversy surrounding Kingfisher Airlines?
I have just taken charge and still have to go through the Kingfisher file. Whatever be the case, safety is paramount and will not be compromised at any cost.
What would be your biggest challenge?
The ICAO audit to be held in December will be one of our biggest challenges. We will work very hard to meet the expectations and collaborate, coordinate and cooperate with all stakeholders. We will implement stringent (pilot) licensing norms and a robust surveillance system.