Addis Fortune (Addis Ababa)

19 January 2014

Ethiopia: Civil Aviation Expects Certificate

The result of the International Aviation Safety Assessment conducted on the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) by the United State Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to be official soon, the Authority said.

The Authority is expecting a quality assurance certificate from the FAA based on the recent audit, which will enable the Ethiopian Airlines (EAL) continue to fly to the US, Authority director-general, Wosenyeleh Hunegnaw (Col.) said.

An FAA team of experts spent five days in Addis Abeba assessing the Authority's working procedures and the qualifications of its experts.

FAA grants permits to airlines of a country to fly to theUSif the regulatory body of that country qualify the FAA audits.

Ethiopian started flying to theUSin 1998 after ECAA was certified by the FAA as category one.

There are three categories of permits, category one means passing the audit without a remark. Countries in this category comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization's operational safety standards.

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