Monday, August 15, 2016
The United States Federal Aviation Administration has reportedly granted Indonesia a Category 1 rating after nearly a decade as a Category 2 state. Under the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, the U.S. government evaluates the national aviation authorities of foreign states for their ability to oversee airlines and aviation operations that are compliant with international safety standards. Category 1 states are considered to be in compliance with international standards while Category 2 states are either deficient or lack the resources or legal framework to adequately insure compliance. The improvement in status will allow Indonesian carriers to expand operations to U.S. markets and to pursue previously restricted cooperative arrangements with U.S. carriers.