Mon, Mar 30, 2009
FAA International Aviation Safety Assessment Revealed Safety
Earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Administration
downgraded Israel's aviation safety standard rating from Category
One to Category Two, putting it on the same level as Third World
The FAA assessment isn't a measure of airline safety - but is a
determination of whether civil aviation authorities meet
international safety standards. The move has significant
consequences for Israel's air carriers, tourism and economy, and
has spurred government officials to the matter in hand.
Last week, a report presented by a panel of experts to Israel's
Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the country's
aviation safety rating, and provided recommendations to fix
problems that caused the downgrade, Haaretz reported.
"The panel understood that according to the director of the
Civil Aviation Authority Major General Giora Rom, allocating the
necessary resources will make it possible for Israel to restore its
rank to '1' in the U.S. [in terms of flight safety]," the report
The panel pointed out that "the steps that need to be undertaken
could have been concluded two to three years ago," and outlined
three major areas for improvement: quick legislation with high
priority for Law on Flight; additional budget allocations for the
Civil Aviation Authority; and approval for 10-15 more positions for
supervisors at the CAA.
"The lowering of the air-safety ranking makes it difficult for
Israeli airlines, which are prevented from adding more routes and
undermines their ability to establish joint ventures with foreign
airlines," the panel said.
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