FAA International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA)


Need assistance in obtaining, or regaining, Category 1 FAA IASA status?


What is IASA?

Under the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, the FAA determines whether another country’s oversight of its air carriers that operate, or seek to operate, into the U.S., or codeshare with a U.S. air carrier, complies with safety standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The IASA program is administered by the FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety (AVS), Flight Standards Service (AFS), International Programs and Policy Division (AFS-50).
The IASA program focuses on a country's ability, not the ability of individual air carriers, to adhere to international aviation safety standards and recommended practices contained in Annex 1 (Personnel Licensing), Annex 6 (Operation of Aircraft), and Annex 8 (Airworthiness of Aircraft) to the International Convention on Civil Aviation “Chicago Convention” (ICAO Document 7300).
IASA assessments determine compliance with these international standards by focusing on each critical element (CE) of an effective aviation safety oversight authority specified in ICAO Document 9734, Safety Oversight Manual. These eight critical elements include:


(CE-1) Primary aviation legislation;

(CE-2) Specific operating regulations;

(CE-3) State civil aviation system and safety oversight functions;

(CE-4) Technical personnel qualification and training;

(CE-5) Technical guidance, tools and the provision of safety critical information;

(CE-6) Licensing, certification, authorization, and approval obligations;

(CE-7) Surveillance obligations; and

(CE-8) Resolution of safety concerns

(Source: FAA. Current IASA results and other resources can be found here)


How We Can Help

TACG has a staff of qualified consultants who can assist you in the IASA process. Our consultants have specific experience with IASA, and know how to handle the many intricacies of obtaining, or retaining, Category 1 status. Our consulting modalities include a mix of onsite as well as teleconference. 


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