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FAA carries out final review round for Mexico’s return to Category 1

Mexico City, Mexico — Last week, the AFAC and FAA held a final discussion meeting on the Category 1 recovery process for Mexico. According to the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SICT), the goal was to carry out the last round of reviews on the country’s compliance with the minimum operational safety standards of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Agreement).

The meeting took place in Mexico City. Both officials stated that the pending points of the audit carried out by the organization were duly resolved by the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC).

The AFAC, a decentralized body of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), held the meeting for final discussions of the aviation safety audit on the recovery of Category 1.

The meeting was headed by the Undersecretary of Transportation of the SICT, Rogelio Jiménez Pons, the General Director of the AFAC, General Miguel Enrique Vallin Osuna, the Manager of the FAA’s International Technical Support Branch, Louis Álvarez, the Internal Deputy Executive Director of the Flight Standards Service, FAA Aviation Safety, Robert Ruiz, the FAA International Affairs lawyer, Cade Miller, as well as Norma Campos, FAA representative in Mexico.

At the end of the meeting, General Miguel Vallin and the representative of the FAA, Robert Ruiz, stated that the pending points of the audit carried out by said organization were duly resolved by the AFAC.

The head of the AFAC expressed his satisfaction at reaching the final agreements of the audit. He thanked the presence and collaboration of the FAA on behalf of Secretary Jorge Nuño Lara and himself.

Robert Ruiz stated that in the process there was always the support and collaboration of the entire AFAC team and the support of Secretary Nuño. He recognized the effort shared by both institutions to carry out the review of compliance with the Chicago Agreement on operational safety, applicable to civil aviation.