It has been announced by the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration that Kenya has been awarded a Category 1 rating as it has complied with international safety standards under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.
This means that Kenyan carriers can now secure the required FAA and DOT authority to establish services to the U.S. and to carry the code of U.S carriers. A Category 1 rating also means that Kenya’s civil aviation authority meets International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.
This February was the first time Kenya’s civil aviation authority has been assessed by the FAA, the assessment based on the safety oversight provided by Kenya’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Integral to the FAA’s IASA program, 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, and makes that information available to the public are assesses by the agency. The assessments establishes whether foreign civil aviation authorities do, or do not meet ICAO safety standards, not FAA regulations.
To maintain a Category 1 rating, each country must adhere to the safety standards of the ICAO, the United Nations’ technical agency for aviation that sets international standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance.
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