Mexico will accept US aid on aviation issues

MEXICO CITY (EFE).— The Mexican government reported that it will receive technical assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States, so that “Mexico is prepared and can recover Category 1 as soon as possible in air safety matter”

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) explained that it will continue with the process of the US authorities, after Mexico descended to Category 2 in May 2022, which is why it cannot open new routes to the United States.

“The SICT and the FAA agreed to continue with the audit process of the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC), through a technical assistance exercise from February 6 to 19,” the head of the SICT detailed in a statement. , Jorge Nuño, after their high-level meeting in Washington.

The Mexican official explained that among the actions carried out by the Mexican government to recover Category 1 is the reform to the Civil Aviation Law, which strengthens the powers of the AFAC in verification and operational safety, and the regulatory investigation of accidents and incidents.

The secretary maintained that the AFAC developed a comprehensive action plan to address the final audit phase in accordance with the International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA, for its acronym in English).

He said that this plan will facilitate the recovery of Category 1 with the implementation of an updated Platform of the Electronic Filing of Differences System of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO, for its acronym in English) updated.

It also considered changes to the National Aeronautical legislation and the adoption of new amendments to the ICAO standards.

The Mexican official also revealed that answers must be given to the 316 FAA audit questions and a self-assessment of possible gaps in all areas of the AFAC and compliance with the 39 “findings” detected during the last technical review.

The Government affirmed that the heads of the SICT and the FAA, Billy Nolen, agreed in pointing out that the speedy recovery of Category 1 is a priority to guarantee the air safety of more than 30 million passengers.

For this recovery, it was explained that there are binational teams made up of technicians and specialists of the “highest level in air matters” to expedite the review processes in favor of achieving “promptly” the recategorization of Mexican aviation.

In addition, an agreement between the SICT and the FAA was proposed so that the agreements are lasting.

The article is in Spanish


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