FAA Postpones Mexico’s Air Safety Review

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday, May 23, announced that it was postponing indefinitely a technical review of Mexico’s Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC), which was originally scheduled for May 23 to 27, leaving an indefinite date for its completion.

The review is particularly for Mexico because the country’s airspace safety was downgraded a year ago from Category 1 to Category 2 by the FAA, thus preventing Mexican airlines from establishing new routes into the United States.

Mexico’s Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) reported Monday that the FAA notified the general director of AFAC, Carlos Antonio Rodríguez Munguía, that the technical visit had been postponed for a few weeks, without giving a date for the next review.

During the visit, FAA experts will assess  the current state of the AFAC on various issues, including training, safety procedures and air traffic controllers’ capabilities.

On May 25 of last year, the FAA downgraded Mexico’s air safety status to Category 2 indicating that its regulation lacks the necessary requirements to adequately supervise airline operations in accordance with minimum international safety standards.


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