Wednesday 22 September 2021

Costa Rica Seeks To Recover Air Safety Rating

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In order to regain Costa Rica’s air safety status, which was downgraded in May, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requested 22 amendments, of which 17 have already been completed.

Cessna T210N Centurion II confiscated from drug trafficking by the Ministry of Public Security of Costa Rica, formerly as XB-ISH is displayed outside the offices of the “Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC) of Costa Rica located at Uruca, with the fictitious registration “TI-DGAC”. Photo: Jetphotos.com

The downgrade resulted from an FAA reevaluation in October 2018 and met with Costa Rica’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) in February 2019 to analyze the results.

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In the final option, the FAA lowered the rating from Category 1 to Category 2.

Derived from the downgrading of the rating, no new services are allowed to be established for licensed companies from Costa Rica to the U.S.

One of the amendments to be completed is that the DGCA must have a system in place to ensure that Costa Rican regulations meet the requirements of Annex Six of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in this case with an emphasis on certification of transport aircraft operators.

Another of the amendments is that “… The FAA requires the State to implement the provisions of ICAO annexes 1, 6 and 8. The first paragraph focuses on aeronautical personnel licenses, while the eighth develops airworthiness regulations.”

That holders of Air Operator certificates comply with the special authorization requirements of both the country and ICAO, as well as that the DGCA ensures that Costa Rican regulations comply with the requirements of the Operator’s State according to ICAO Annex 6, are other pending amendments.

The article adds that the fifth amendment is that “… FAA requests an amendment to article 31 of the statutes of the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (Cocesna), to avoid an overlap of responsibilities between the DGAC and the Central American Aviation Safety Agency (ACSA), which would be decided by August, since it is approved by the Cocesna Council. It is important to remember that this Corporation is an intergovernmental entity”.

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