Indonesia regains top aviation safety rating

Indonesia’s aviation safety rating has been upgraded to Category 1 after an assessment by the Federal Aviation Administration showed the country’s civil aviation authority to be in compliance with standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The first assessment of Indonesia's Directorate General for Civil Aviation – a body equivalent to the FAA with regard to aviation safety matters – was performed in September 1997. The authority was found to be in compliance with ICAO standards and was issued an International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 1 rating at that time.

As part of the FAA’s IASA program, the agency assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that have applied to fly to the United States, currently conduct operations to the United States, or participate in code sharing arrangements with U.S. partner airlines. The assessments determine whether foreign civil aviation authorities are meeting ICAO safety standards.

Indonesia’s rating was lowered to Category 2 in April 2007 when an assessment found that “[T]he country either lacked laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or its civil aviation authority was deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping, or inspection procedures,” the FAA said in a news release announcing the return to Catego
ry 1 status.

The return to Category 1 status announced Aug. 15 is based on a March 2016 FAA assessment of the safety oversight provided by Indonesia’s civil aviation authority, the FAA said. With the Category 1 rating, Indonesian air carriers that are able to secure the requisite FAA and Department of Transportation (DOT) authority can establish service to the United States and carry the code of U.S. carriers.

In order to maintain a Category 1 rating, a country must adhere to the safety standards of ICAO, the United Nations’ technical agency for aviation that establishes international standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance. IASA information is available here.

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