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FAA: Vietnam meets international aviation safety standards
15 February 2019

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Vietnam complies with international safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.

A Category 1 rating means Vietnam’s civil aviation authority meets International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for personnel licensing, operations, and airworthiness. With the Category 1 rating, Vietnamese air carriers that are able to secure the requisite FAA and DOT authority can establish service to the United States and carry the code of U.S. carriers.

FAA audit

The FAA had not previously assessed Vietnam’s civil aviation authority for compliance with ICAO standards. The Category 1 status is based on an August 2018 FAA assessment of the safety oversight provided by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam.

As part of the FAA’s IASA program, the agency assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that have applied to fly to the United States, currently conduct operations to the United States, or participate in code sharing arrangements with U.S. partner airlines, and makes that information available to the public. The assessments determine whether or not foreign civil aviation authorities are meeting ICAO safety standards, not FAA regulations.

To maintain a Category 1 rating, a country must adhere to the safety standards of ICAO, the United Nations’ technical agency for aviation that establishes international standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance. IASA information is posted on our website.

ICAO audit

Vietnam’s aviation authority has also been audited by ICAO in 2016, under ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP). At that time the level of ‘Effective Implementation’ of ICAO standards was above world average for the categories legislation, organization, accident investigation, and ANS. Below world average scores were noted for licensing, operations and aerodromes.

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