Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Philippines CAAP to get looked at closely early next year (2009)

This little gem was found on THE European Transport Web Sites .

This may affect the ability for PAL to fly to Europe ..

Air carriers from the Republic of Philippines

There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on
the part of all air carriers certified in the Republic of
Philippines and of the insufficient ability of the authorities
responsible for the oversight of air carriers
certified in the in the Philippines to address safety deficiencies,,
as showed by the continuation of the downgrading
of the country's safety rating to category two by
the U.S. Department of Transportation
's Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) in the framework of its IASA
programme, indicating that that the Republic of
Philippines fails to comply with international safety
standards set by ICAO.

The Competent Authorities of the Philippines have
however presented to the Commission on 13 October
2008 a detailed corrective action plan to redress the
safety situation of the country's civil aviation, so that,
when completed, the Philippines can demonstrate
sustainable compliance with ICAO standards both in
the State oversight system and in the operations of air
carriers licensed by these authorities. According to that
plan, approximately half of the corrective actions are to
be completed by 31 December 2008, the remaining ones
by 31 March 2009.

In the framework of the USOAP, the competent authorities
of Philippines have requested ICAO to delay its
comprehensive inspection of their national Air Transportation
Office, previously scheduled for November 2008,
until October 2009.

The European Commission intends to carry out, with the
assistance of the Member States, a safety assessment of
the competent authorities of the Philippines, including
the verification of the implementation of the abovementioned
corrective actions plan, early 2009, to be
able to decide the appropriate course of action at a

next Air Safety Committee meeting

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