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SICT says with approval of Civil Aviation Law AFAC is ready for FAA audit

Mexico City, Mexico — The Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) says that with the approval of the Civil Aviation Law, AFAC is ready for the final audit of the FAA.

The SICT, through the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC), reports that after the approval of the Civil Aviation Law, it will proceed to schedule with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States, the final audit to recover Category 1 in aviation security.

The agency says there are three steps left to finish the last stage of evaluation which includes the reform made to the Civil Aviation Law being published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF).

That publication will allow the closure of the three missing “non-conformities”. The three pending “non-conformities” refer to laws that allow regulating and supervising the certification and continuous supervision of the medical evaluations of aviation personnel, conduct regulatory investigations after each aviation accident and incident and to give AFAC legal and regulatory authority to issue medical certificates.

Once the three “non-conformities” have been resolved, the AFAC will request the FAA, through the corresponding diplomatic channels, to carry out the IASA audit.

Once the IASA audit is completed, the FAA will issue a report of the results. If there are findings, they must be resolved immediately by the AFAC.

The FAA, upon verifying full compliance with the findings detected by the IASA audit, will issue the final report through the corresponding diplomatic means, communicating the recovery of Category 1 in aviation security.

The SICT detailed that 39 non-conformities have already been addressed by the AFAC through FAA visits earlier in the year.