Tuesday, March 21

Demotion to aviation is to the Mexican authority for its inability to regulate: expert

The degradation to category 2 by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) to Mexico, went to the Mexican authority and not to the lines, controllers or pilots, says el Captain Ángel Domínguez, treasurer of the College of Aviators.

When questioned by Enrique Quintana during his participation in the program The Red Chair, the member of the organization stated that The decision of the FAA has been around the way in which the authorities in Mexico have developed for the surveillance and regulation.

“The theme of the degradation is to the authority, because the FAA determines that the Mexican authority does not have the capacity of surveillance and regulation towards the operators that intend to fly to the United States”, declared Captain Ángel Domínguez.

He also points out that the degradation Category 2 stems from the lack of knowledge of the United States of the regulations made by Mexican authorities to operators, and has the purpose of prevent new operators, or those that already exist, from wanting to fly with new routes to the country, at least until it is proven that there is a regulator to monitor them.

In this sense, Ángel Domínguez clarifies that he does not mean that the aviation Mexican is insecure, since, in his words, “Mexican operators guarantee that they comply with a lot of things that are above what the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) failed to do.”

“Aviation has always been hanging on pins, they came and took them away, and finally everything fell”, he pointed out.

When questioned by Leonardo Kourchenko about the infrastructure and support that AFAC has to be able to return to category 1, Ángel Domínguez pointed out that today, the agency “hasn’t finished receiving the support it should have in terms of budget designated to cover the requirements that the FAA audit made”.

He also argued that there is a lack of personnel in the AFAC who are trained, security and aeronautical inspectors who meet the profile of an inspector.

“Unfortunately we have seen that it has been neglected, and that fully trained and updated personnel are needed regarding today’s issues and aircraft.”

Finally, the captain recalls that the way in which licenses are issued in our country by the authorities was mentioned in the FAA audit, and he ruled that this is one of the points to be corrected by the authority in Mexico.