GAGAN-compliant aircraft may soon be mandatory for airlines

The government is likely to come out with a notification shortly making it mandatory for Indian carriers to only induct aircraft which are compliant with the newly-developed GAGAN navigation system in their fleets from January 1, 2019.

GAGAN-compliant aircraft may soon be mandatory for airlines

The government is likely to come out with a notification shortly making it mandatory for Indian carriers to only induct aircraft which are compliant with the newly-developed GAGAN navigation system in their fleets from January 1, 2019.

GPS-Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) is an implementation of a regional satellite-based augmentation system, developed by India. Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation had late last year convened a consultation meeting with all stakeholders on the issue.


Sources say a mandate is now being prepared, which would make it compulsory for all domestic airlines to induct only those aircraft in the fleet which are equipped with GAGAN air navigation system.

The combined fleet strength of Indian carriers including regional ones currently stands at over 450 planes.

According to Boeing’s 2016 India Current Market Outlook, released last year, Indian airlines would require 1,850 new aeroplanes, valued at USD 265 billion over the next 20 years. Significantly, three domestic carriers — IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir– have placed orders with both Boeing of the US and European aviation major Airbus for large number of aircraft which are to be inducted over the next few years.

GAGAN system, which is said to make airline operations more efficient and cut costs as it reduces separation between aircraft with increase in air safety and fuel efficiency, was officially launched by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in July, 2015.