The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the Republic of Nicaragua complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating.
The FAA first assessed the Republic of Nicaragua in 1994 and found it did not meet international standards. While under a Category 2 rating, the country either lacked laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or its civil aviation authority – a body equivalent to the FAA for aviation safety matters – was deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping, or inspection procedures.
The Category 1 status announced today is based on a June 2015 FAA assessment of the safety oversight provided by the Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aviation (INAC). During a September 2015 follow on visit to the Republic of Nicaragua, the FAA verified the necessary corrective actions. 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 Nicaragua’s air carriers can establish service to the United States and carry the code of U.S. carriers.