The U.S. FAA announced that Indonesia does not comply with international safety standards set by the ICAO, following a consultation with the Indonesian civil aviation authority on March 6, 2007. The FAA had previously assessed Indonesia`s civil aviation authority in September, 1997, and found it in compliance with ICAO standards. However, after the latest consultation, the agency determined that Indonesia was no longer overseeing the safety of its airlines in accordance with international standards.
Indonesia`s safety rating was lowered from Category 1 to Category 2. A Category 1 rating means the country`s civil aviation authority complies with ICAO standards. A Category 2 rating means a country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or that its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping or inspection procedures. (FAA)