Airports Authority of India

Aviation Safety
Head of the Department
NameMr. S V Satish, ED(AVS)
DesignationExecutive Director

011-24653016  Ext. 3201/3200

E-Mail ID

Other Senior Executive(s)
NameMr. A K Khare, (Arun Kumar Khare),
DesignationGeneral Manager

011-246420423 Ext. 3238/3208

E-Mail ID

Functions of the Directorate of Aviation Safety

1. Monitor the Aerodrome operations and detect the safety hazards and point out to the ATM Directorate and the other concerned Directorates.

2. Monitor the Air Navigation operations and detect the safety hazards and point out to the ATM Directorate and the other concerned Directorates.

3. Monitor the Aerodrome design activities of the Planning and Engineering Directorates and detect the non-compliances of regulations and point out to the concerned Directorates.

4. Guide the various departments for SMS documentation.

5. Assist all the Directorates to establish the Safety Management System, throughout the organization, including the education and training.

6. Coordinate the safety matters of AAI with DGCA, ICAO and other stake holders.

7. Promote the safety of aerodromes and air navigation services.

8. Present the safety reports to the Safety Review Board (SRB) and implement the directions, given on safety matters, by SRB.

9. Detect the weaknesses in the functions and the practices in the activities of all departments of AAI which may effect the safety of the system(s).

10. Develop the new tools and methods of audit and inspections and mitigation procedures.

11. Implement effective safety programmes in all areas of operations and passenger facilities with a view to provide safe environment for aircraft operations and passengers at all AAI airports.

12. Carry out annual audit of all AAI airports, civil enclaves and other facilities with the objective of identifying operational and system deficiencies, hazards and trends at ground level.

13. To monitor that air traffic services, communication, navigational and landing aids, rescue and fire fighting services at AAI aerodromes are provided and maintained inconformity with ICAO standards and recommended practices and civil aviation requirements issued from time to time.

14. Recommend appropriate accident/incident preventive actions to senior management.

15. Promote and develop activities that increase knowledge and safety awareness amongst all department personnel of AAI and to the extent possible amongst all personnel of other departments working at the Airport.

AAI Safety Policy, Commitment and Objectives

Safety Policy

The ICAO document 9859 chapter 12 lays down the requirement of issuing a Safety Policy by the service providers and establishment of Safety Management System (SMS) based upon the policy. The guidelines for Safety policy and SMS framework are also issued by ICAO document {ICAO Regional Workshop on SMS and State Safety Programme (SSP) Implementation}.

Airports Authority of India had formulated and circulated its Safety policy in 2004 vide Aviation Safety Circular No. 2/2004 dated 8 March, 2004. Gaining the practical experience of last five years, we have updated our Safety policy indicating more clearly "How we do business here?" as mentioned in ICAO doc. 9859 chapter 12 page Nos. 138-139.

The Airports Authority of India states its safety policy as below:

Establishment: AAI shall conceive, design, develop and effect changes to the Aerodromes, CNS systems, ATS systems, airspace and air traffic management and procedures involving all the stake holders for safe Air Navigation in the sky and for safe aerodrome operations.

Safety Plans: AAI shall make its country wide Safety Plans, and revise periodically throughout all its operational activities for enhancement of safety.

Safety Management System: AAI shall establish SMS - the safety levels of airspace and all aerodromes, identify hazards and lay down methods of risk assessments, risk mitigation, safety measurements, reporting, monitoring and reviewing and shall endeavour to maintain the safety levels of all aerodromes, ATS and safety standards of CNS facilities even if the traffic grows.

Safety reviews: AAI shall carry out safety reviews regularly at the specified periods of the ATS and Aerodrome operations, CNS standards involving the management at station level, region level and corporate level.

Responsibilities and accountabilities: AAI shall involve all its wings (Engg., CNS, Operations, ATM, etc.) by documenting explicit safety responsibilities and shall evolve a procedure of accountabilities from top management to the line managers.

Safety culture: It shall also involve the other stake holders, the regulator in the safety promotion in the sky and ground operations by practicing the laid down procedures leading to a safety culture.


Safety Priority: AAI is committed to the aviation safety in the country as desired by ICAO Chicago Convention Article No. 44 and as required by DGCA India. It regards the safety its First Priority in the aviation business and shall treat the safety matters on top priority over the other matters.

Safety Sharing: AAI is committed to share the safety matters, awareness, practices with the stake holders and international community.

Resources: AAI is committed to provide adequate material resources including human resources and for training, repair maintenance and upgrading the systems in a systematic and timely manner.

Universal Commitment: AAI is committed to work in coordination with international aviation community for the Global mission-

" One World-One Sky-One Mission : SAFETY "

Ref: The Safety Policy & commitment is approved and signed by the Chairman, AAI Vide Aviation Safety Circular No.2/2009


Excellent ATM performance: To achieve the excellent performance of ATM procedures, unit functions and the Air traffic controllers. AGL operations, repair and maintenance. Excellent response to search and rescue and excellent coordination.

Safe aerodrome operations: To establish and maintain the aerodrome safety levels by re-dressing the issues; Bird menace, FOD, runway operations, efficient handling of flights, helicopter handling, Safety in apron operations: Passenger Handling, ramp and Equipment, aircraft movements, push-backs, and cargo operations: loading / offloading, Apron safety and cargo security. Airport security and safety integration.

Efficient performance of fire safety services: Fitness of staff, Equipments and training, repair maintenance and performance of vehicles, excellent emergency response.

Failure-free ATS system: Standby systems, preventive maintenance of landlines, other equipments and radars, intercoms, AMSS, upgrade in the technology, etc.

Failure-free and standard CNS facilities: Noise free standard communication channels, standby systems.

Standard and reliable surveillance system: Preventive maintenance. Nav. aids availability, reliability, integrity, coverage and accuracy. Failure free terminal landing aids (localizer, glide path, DME etc.) Status indicators.

Model-development of Movement areas of all airports: Proper security wall of the airports, access and surveillance systems, Security equipments and CCTV around the airports and in the ATS units. Development of the basic strips, approach funnels, grass lawns and grounds, Drains, water harvesting, Mechanical sweeping of pavements and other safety enhancement plans.

Last updated on: 14th June 2016