Rating Means The Country Complies With International Safety
The FAA announced Monday that Nigeria has achieved a Category 1
rating under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety
Assessment (IASA) program, which means that Nigeria complies with
international safety standards set by the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO is the United Nations’
technical agency for aviation which establishes international
standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and
The IASA Category 1 rating is based on the results of a July FAA
review of Nigeria’s civil aviation authority. With the IASA
Category 1 rating, Nigerian air carriers may now apply to operate
to the United States with their own aircraft.
An IASA Category 1 rating means a country has the laws and
regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with
minimum international standards, and that its civil aviation
authority – equivalent to the FAA for aviation safety matters
– meets international standards for technical expertise,
trained personnel, record keeping and inspection procedures.
As part of the FAA’s IASA program, the agency assesses the
civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that
operate or might be authorized to fly to the United States and
makes that information available to the public. The assessments
determine whether or not foreign civil aviation authorities are
meeting ICAO safety standards, not FAA regulations.