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PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

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PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

DOTC says ICAO audit a success

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Posted at 02/23/2013 4:28 PM | Updated as of 02/23/2013 6:27 PM

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MANILA, Philippines – The country may have one less thing to worry about as the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said it has met standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the local aviation industry.

In a statement on Saturday, the DOTC said the ICAO team which visited the country from Feb. 18 to 22 "expressed its great satisfaction with CAAP's (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) efforts to comply with international safety standards."

Moreover, the ICAO Coordinated Validation Missions team had told DOTC and CAAP officials it will be recommending the lifting of the "significant safety concern (SSC)" designated to the Philippines, the Transportation department said.

"CAAP is optimistic that the recommendations will be approved/adopted by ICAO Headquarters. The ICAO official announcement on the lifting of the SSCs is expected to be made within two to three weeks' time," DOTC said.

ICAO's mission to the country was only focused on two points: the OPS 1 Certification of Airlines in the Philippines, and the Air/7 registration of Philippine-registered civil aviation aircraft.

This, as the other three critical elements--Legal, Organization and Licensing--were already addressed during another visit in October last year, DOTC said.

"With the lifting of the ICAO SSCs, CAAP can now focus on regaining the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category 1 rating," DOTC stressed.

Aside from the "significant safety concern" rating from ICAO, the local aviation industry also has a low grade from the US FAA, which gave the country a "category 2" in 2008, and from the European Union, which blacklisted the Philippines in April 2010.

These low ratings restrict local carriers from starting or expanding operations abroad.

Source: abs-cbnnews.com/business/02/23/13/dotc-says-…

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1. Re: PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

Haaay, salamat.

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2. Re: PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

Great news Bryantpark!

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3. Re: PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

There's such a thing as 'not counting chickens...'

This is most unwise of the Filipino Dept of Transport and Comms to make a public statement before any restrictions have been lifted.

I hope it is correct; if not, it won't be 'chickens' all over the organisations collective face but 'egg.'

Of course, if correct, it will be excellent news for Philippine Airlines in particular and other Filipino-based carriers such as Cebu Pacific who want to expand their flight horisons. Of course, the next problem is that Europe remains mired in recession (or depression) and the USA is hardly in great economic straits either...

Edited: 23 February 2013, 23:02
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4. Re: PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

conflicting report. this one sad they failed.

philstar.com/headlines/2013/02/23/912053/caa…

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5. Re: PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

The DOTC media release was 'edited at the office of the President' so if post 4 is correct and the media release wrong, this is a serious matter:

gov.ph/2013/…

Given the importance of aviation to an island nation like Philippines, regaining international acceptance is an A1 ranking public policy question. It did not look good previously when CAAP brought in an American consultant as overseer yet still could not obtain reaccrediaition.

What would Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corp. (Philippine Airlines) and Lance Gokongwei (Cebu pacific Air) think of this failure by CAAP? I bet their reaction is unprintable.

This is harming Filipino investment and employment, not to mention the country's growing tourism sector.

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6. Re: PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

philstar.com/headlines/2013/02/24/912473/pal…

this is a quick reply by the government claiming the previously published article of the failure as erroneous. right now, i would wait for the official announcement rather than totally believe one party's officially unofficial statement as it preempts the final governing body's position.

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7. Re: PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

Like Victorianlad, I sincerely hope there is good news on the way, but there could indeed be lots of egg on face.

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8. Re: PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

I wonder how ICAO views the accident/incident investigations by the Philippines Aviation Authority?

It is now over two years since Cebu Pacific Flight Number 5J 645 had a "runway excursion" when landing a Puerto Princesa. So far, no investigation report has been published.

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9. Re: PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

'Philippine Daily Inquirer' has some trumpeting although the article points out that it is not the final step in gaining approval to fly different types of aircraft to the USA or Philippine carriers being allowed back into Europe. Again, let's hope that this 'boasting' has a factual basis:

…inquirer.net/110647/ph-aviation-sector-gets…

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10. Re: PHL Aviation finally passes ICAO audit.

It's another premature announcement isn't it?

There is no reference to this on the ICAO website.

Also :- "The ICAO team, during an exit briefing, said CAAP passed flight operations but they have to wait for further documents before giving their approval on aircraft registration."

and

"With the lifting of the SSC, the Philippines would only wait for the FAA to conduct its inspection in the first quarter of this year to affirm the findings of the ICAO team."