March 5, 2013
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Workshop Seeks to Increase Bilateral Cooperation in Aviation Security

U.S.-India Aviation Security Workshop Opens in New Delhi, India

NEW DELHI, INDIA –Today, the U.S.-India Aviation Security Workshop commenced with panels discussing the challenges and opportunities for closer cooperation between the United States and India in the aviation security arena. The aviation market in India is growing at one of the fastest rates in the world and is projected to be among the top three globally in terms of passenger enplanements by the year 2020. The high growth rates in both passenger and air cargo volume over the past six years demonstrate the need for future aviation and cargo operations to be more efficient, a major focus of the long-running U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP). At the same time, streamlining security checkpoints and cargo security at airports, meeting the demand for an increased workforce across the industry, and ensuring that aviation personnel maintain training that meets international standards are key goals for India’s civil aviation sector.

The Workshop is advancing the goal of increasing aviation security enhancements and developments in India while fostering the participation of U.S. companies in the implementation of aviation security projects. Among the topics to be featured during the two-day Workshop are security measures to expedite passenger screening and enhance customer service, the integration of human security manpower and technology, and current and future risk-based security programs in the U.S. and India. The Workshop will highlight current technologies and industry and government best practices for ensuring a strong and efficient aviation security environment. Indian officials will represent public and private sector organizations responsible for the future development of India’s aviation security systems and practices.

“India and the U.S. share common goals for effective security in both our domestic and international aviation arenas. USTDA is pleased to help bring together our two countries' leading public and private sector stakeholders to expand this important cooperation under the U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP),” stated Henry Steingass, Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia, USTDA.

At the conclusion of the Workshop, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Honeywell International are expected to conclude a contract to implement a pilot project, co-funded by USTDA, Honeywelland AAI, to install and commission a pilot Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) at the Chennai International Airport for improved air navigation and airport approach procedures. The program will assist both AAI and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in gaining operational experience and evaluating the benefits of GBAS technology as part of India’s air traffic modernization initiatives.

The Workshop is being hosted by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) in cooperation with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, the U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program and the Government of India. In addition, the Workshop is being sponsored by Oshkosh Corp., L-3 Security and Detection Systems, United Airlines, Hi-Tec Systems, Rapiscan Systems, Tyco Fire and Security, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., Sabre Airline Solutions, OCR International, and the Business Aircraft Operators Association.

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