India Bizav Associations Join Forces
India’s newly formed Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) has pledged to further expand business and general aviation in the emerging country. To present a unified front for business aviation, the existing Business Aviation Association of India (BAAI) has merged into BAOA. According to BAOA chairman and president Rohit Kapur, “General aviation in India has grown 12 to 13 percent annually since 2001–a faster pace than commercial aviation in the country. So there’s a need for a single, strong body to engage with authorities on a regular basis to address the sector’s growth in India.” BAOA plans to make a series of presentations to concerned ministries in India to push for reforms in business aviation infrastructure, as well as to remove existing hurdles. The group, which has been formally recognized by IBAC, also intends to develop standards for business aviation in India to achieve high levels of safety, efficiency, reliability and benchmark training for crew and operations. Kapur said he expects the current Indian fleet of 552 general and business aviation airplanes and helicopters will more than triple to 1,800 aircraft by 2020.