The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the Republic of Azerbaijan complies with ICAO safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating.
The Category 1 rating is based on an October 2013 FAA review of State Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SCAA), subsequent meetings, and an FAA visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan last month. The country previously did not hold an IASA rating and no carrier of Azerbaijan currently provides service to the United States. A Category 1 rating means the country’s civil aviation authority complies with ICAO standards.
With the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 1 rating, the Republic of Azerbaijan’s air carriers can add flights and service to the United States and carry the code of U.S. carriers.
An ICAO audit which was conducted in May 2007 showed an average level of effective implementation of ICAO audit areas of 5.5 (out of 10). The current world average is 6.4.
In order to enhance the compliance level, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) supported an aviation safety technical assistance program for the SCAA. Under this program the SCAA drafted and implemented a new legal-regulatory framework and guidance material, established a program for the ongoing safety monitoring and oversight activities required by the new regulations (continuous surveillance), executed a new air safety inspector training program, implemented new personnel licensing requirements, and recertified the major air carriers and approved maintenance organizations.