ICAO officially issues an SSC against Thailand

The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) has formally issued a Serious Safety Concern (SSC) against Thailand after the country’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) failed to adequately address regulatory oversight shortcomings identified during a Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) inspection in January.


ICAO officially issues an SSC against Thailand


The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) has formally issued a Serious Safety Concern (SSC) against Thailand after the country’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) failed to adequately address regulatory oversight shortcomings identified during a Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) inspection in January.

Thailand reportedly only satisfied 21 out the 100 criteria inspected during the USOAP audit with problem areas said to include personnel licensing and training, airworthiness assessment and certification, airline operations oversight and the granting of Air Operator Certificates (AOC) to airlines.

The ICAO found conflict of interest in that the DCA is both the regulator and the operator of provincial airports in the country. It also warned of insufficient personnel inspection and leniency in issuing air transport licenses. Significant safety concerns (SSC) indicated that the state was not providing sufficient safety oversight to ensure the effective implementation of applicable ICAO standards, the organisation said.

The DCA was subsequently given a 90-day period to submit a plan of corrective measures to the ICAO for approval and while its initial draft was rejected, a second was delivered near the 14 May deadline. The ICAO is required to issue a country with an SSC should it fail to adequately correct flaws identified in its audit within the 90-day period.