The International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) provided a legal framework for ensuring global health security. This was done, on one hand, to prevent and provide a public health response to the international spread of diseases and, on the other hand, to not interfere with international traffic and trade. This regulation came into effect from June 15th 2007 and since 2009 India also started implementing this in the wake of the pandemic H1N1. In light of this and in exercise of the powers conferred under section 8A of the Aircraft Act, 1934, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare proposed draft of the Indian Aircraft (Public Health) Rules, 2015 in supersession of the Indian Airport (Public Health) Rules, 1954.
This Aviation roundup discusses the contents of the Aircraft PH Rules and highlights the responsibilities of the government, health officers at the airports, the pilot-in-command and the requirements that any aircraft arriving or leaving India or even within India has to complete. These requirements are necessary as non-compliance would lead to penalties as prescribed under the Aircraft PH Rules.
The latest notification segment discusses the notification that talks about the amended of the Foreign Direct Investment Policy 2015 (applicable since 12th May, 2015), where the Foreign Investment cap for Defence Industry (subject to Industrial Licence under the Industries (Development & Regulation) Act, 1951) has been changed from 49% under Government Route to 49% under Automatic Route. The other notification is regarding Airworthiness Requirements for instruments and equipment including communication and navigation equipment which are to be installed on aircraft engaged in Flying Club and Aerial Work Operations and Gliders.