FAA safety audit moved to January

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The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Thursday said that the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety audit has been postponed instead it will push through on January 2014.

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“They [FAA] have postponed audit schedule for January [2014],” CAAP Director General John Andrews said in a text message to The Manila Times.

He added that, “They [FAA] have previously scheduled three audits and will be available only in January.”

Earlier, CAAP said that on November 25 to November 26, FAA officials John Barbagallo, general manager of Flight Safety Service, and James Timothy Spillane, director of Asia Pacific Rim FAA, will be in the country for a safety audit to determine if it the Philippines can be given a Category 1 status.

Andrews has been said that CAAP is confident that the country will get a Category 1 upgrade from the FAA of the United States before the year ends, but the agency been postponed the safety audit for the possible upgrade.

Andrews earlier said that he is willing to leave his post if the Philippines does not get an upgrade to Category 1 from Category 2.

In 2008, the FAA downgraded the Philippines to Category 2 status for not complying with international aviation safety standards. Category 2 prevents airlines from the Philip-pines from adding new routes to the United States.

On June 4 this year, the FAA agreed to provide CAAP two years’ assistance to make sure that the Philippines would be on track to regain the Category 1 status.

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