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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Removal of RP from int’l aviation blacklist seen

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Tuesday said it was hopeful it could get the country stricken off the aviation safety blacklist in Europe and North America.

In a statement, the CAAP said it had already complied with 46 out of the 64 required upgrades of the United States' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

CAAP director general Alfonso Cusi, who was in Washington DC last week to attend the US FAA’s assessment conference, said air safety inspectors from the European Air Safety Agency (Easa) are expected back in the Philippines in October. An official of the International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) will also be arriving in September to discuss the country's corrective plans for the aviation sector.

“This is good. We are ready for them,” Cusi said.

Since 2008, the Philippines has failed the international aviation safety audit of US and EU inspectors. Because of this, Philippine flag-carriers have been blacklisted in many major airports.

Concerns have been raised about the country’s outdated aviation regulations, poor training programs for safety inspectors, and sub-standard licensing for air frame and engine inspectors.

US citizens have been advised to refrain from using Philippine-based carriers, which have also been barred from expanding their operations in the US.

Cusi stressed the country has already addressed many issues concerning specific operating regulations, qualifications and training staff, procedures and technical guidance, licensing and certificat

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