US FAA completes Thai audit, cites 3 problems

A US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) team concluded its initial audit of air safety in Thailand with three key problem areas identified.


A US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) team concluded its initial audit of air safety in Thailand with three key problem areas identified. Transport Minister ACM Prajin Juntong said the three problems included a shortage of qualified DCA staff to carry out air safety inspections of airlines – a concern which had also been raised by the ICAO; a lack of qualified staff for aircraft being operated in the country and an incomplete aviation manual, which might be due to lack of staffing, according to a report in The Nation. Prajin said the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) would fix all the problems.

But Prajin added that the authorities would not be able to solve all the problems this year because of a shortage of qualified people, but the Thai Cabinet earlier approved a plan to hire more experts, as well as to bring in foreigner experts. A revised safety manual has already been completed. The minister said the FAA had verbally reported its findings to DCA directorgeneral Parichart Khotcharat and will send its official findings in writing to the DCA within the next 30 days, following which Thailand has 65 days to fix the problems. Prajin said the FAA staff would return to ensure Thailand takes proper action in addressing the regulator’s concerns within the given timeframe.