FAA: Thailand does not comply with aviation safety standardsStaff writer ▼ | December 3, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Thailand does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards.
Aviation Thailand has been assigned a Category 2 rating
Thailand was assigned an initial Category 2 rating in 1996 and received a Category 1 rating in 1997. Reassessments of Thailand in 2001 and 2008 continued the Category 1 rating.
A reassessment in July 2015 found that Thailand did not meet international standards. This announcement follows ongoing discussions with the government of Thailand which concluded on October 28.
A Category 1 rating means the country’s civil aviation authority complies with ICAO standards. With an IASA Category 1 rating, a country’s air carriers 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. ■