Authorities cite helpful and effective meetings with FAA as Costa Rica seeks

first_imgCosta Rican authorities on Wednesday reported “helpful and effective meetings” with the Federal Aviation Administration as the country takes steps to restore its Category 1 rating.The Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) and other Costa Rican representatives met with the FAA in Washington, D.C. from June 10-12.Read: Costa Rica ‘does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards,’ FAA saysDGAC said in a statement that the FAA will provide “technical assistance” to expedite Costa Rica’s return to Category 1 status.The FAA also signed an agreement with the Central American Air Navigation Services Corporation (COCESNA) to offer “specialized advice” to Costa Rica as part of a corrective plan that will include additional visits with the U.S. agency.“This includes the support for Costa Rica in all terms from the FAA,” said Guillermo Hoppe, DGAC’s director.The FAA’s partnership with COCESNA will aid all of Central America, a DGAC statement said, because it will allow for increased assistance from the U.S. agency and access to grants for personnel training.A Category 2 rating means Costa Rican air carriers “cannot initiate new service and are restricted to current levels of any existing service to the United States while corrective actions are underway,” according to the FAA.Costa Rica joins Bangladesh, Curacao, Ghana and Thailand as the only countries assigned a Category 2 rating under the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.DGAC did not provide a timeline for when Category 1 status could be restored. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica working with FAA to restore Category 1 rating ‘as soon as possible’ Costa Rica to begin work with FAA to recover Category 1 status Costa Rica airport restricts liquids in carry-ons American Airlines expanding service to Costa Ricalast_img read more