The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States or FAA will conduct the pre-audit of Thailand’s aviation safety rating in September, according to The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) director-general Chula Sukmanop.
FAA downgraded Thailand’s aviation safety rating to Category 2 from Category 1, which results in a ban of Thai carriers from expanding current services nor adding new routes in the US.
The CAAT, which has raised its standard on FAA advice, in May submitted a report of its progress to the FAA asking for a re-evaluation. Chula said that FAA had replied that it would conduct the pre-audit on Thailand’s aviation safety standard in September. If after that process, it finds that Thailand has no need to make additional improvement, it will conduct the real official audit soon.
He is confident that such rating would be upgraded back to Category 1 within this year.
For the recertification with the AOC (Air Operator Certificate) by the CAAT under ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) standards, 18 out of 20 carriers registered in Thailand and with international flights have already been recertified. Cula expected that the rest will be recertified in July.