The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of Nicaragua complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating. U.S. Ambassador Laura Dogu met with the Instituto Nicaragüense de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC) at INAC offices to inform them of the positive rating. “This rating that demonstrates the hard work of Nicaraguan authorities to meet international standards,” said Ambassador Dogu. “It shows that INAC is committed to ensuring effective safety to Nicaragua’s aviation system.”
With the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 1 rating, the Republic of Nicaragua’s air carriers could establish service to the United States and carry the code of U.S. carriers, with the requisite FAA and U.S. Department of Transportation authority. The Category 1 status announced today is based on a June 2015 FAA assessment of the safety oversight provided by INAC, and an FAA verification of necessary corrective actions during a follow on visit to the Republic Nicaragua in September 2015. A Category 1 rating means the country’s civil aviation authority complies with ICAO standards.
In order 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 their website.