CAAP Asked ICAO For Safety Re-audit

May 9, 2010

Montreal – The Philippine aviation regulators has formally asked the Canada-based International Civil Aviation Authority Organization (ICAO) to conduct re-assessment of the country's aviation status and lift its Serious Safety Concern (SSC) tag on its airspace.

In a statement, Alfonso Cusi, CAA Director General, said the CAAP has already conformed to the remaining concerns raised by ICAO in its Corrective Action Plan (CAP). These include upgrading the technical skills of CAAP personnel overseeing international flights and more oversight of small domestic aircraft.

“We believe that we have fully completed all the requirements imposed by the regulatory body,” Cusi said.

The ICAO’s technical report in 2006 was the basis of the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) category downgrade of the country's safety rating to Category 2 in October 2007. EU's European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) also banned Philippine carriers in 2010 after the ICAO's recent technical report in 2009 stating no recent improvements on the country's oversight.

The international regulator's latest report on the Philippines dated October 2009, noted that its CAA had more lapses in meeting international aviation standards imposed by ICAO.

“We have been working hard to remedy the deficiencies for two (2) months now, and we think that now is the right time to ask them” Cusi said.

The aviation authority substantially performed the following deficiencies,which includes:

- recent certification of 9 out of 10 operators implementing international flight operations;

- surveillance inspections of 9 operators conducting international flight operations;

- certification of 14 out of 39 operators engaged as domestic taxis, chartered and aerial works utilizing aircraft with 19 passengers or less;

On March 15, 2010, CAAP hired 50 qualified ICAO-trained Qualified Technical Personnel for the Flight Standard Inspectorate Services, the office responsible for safety oversight of Air Operators.

“Eighteen Air Operators have a definite deadline until December 1, 2010 to complete their certification process otherwise their operations will be suspended,” Cusi said.

These inspectors conduct surveillance inspections including post certification audits of all Air Operators under the close supervision and guidance of the resident ICAO experts.

Meanwhile, Director General Cusi said they have not received confirmation of late on the visit of the European Commission (EC) this month to conduct audit on the country’s aviation safety.

"While we are preparing for the next FAA (US Federal Aviation Administration) audit, right now we are more focused on the ICAO and EU requirements because they are a lot easier than the issues imposed by the FAA" Cusi said during the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Retrospective Forum.

Cusi adds that some of the issues raised by the FAA entails a longer process to resolve as compared to the ICAO's CAP, and that they would work fully for FAA issues after complying the Corrective action plan.

1 comment:

  1. sir , i like to ask , if forgein student come to fly in philippines , wat they pay for flying they should get. and some charter opratator using pure mo gas , mix fuel . like aviation technology innovators . rpc 1970 , rpc 1065 using mo gas . company offering job garantee , he eat almost all money with 120 hrs he took 2 million , promise us work . is ther any way to stop these things , more students will come to philippines . to fly . take some strict action , because 2009 aviation technology plane has 3 accident all becoz of mix fuel . making it false accident they are getting money form insurance .

    thanking you