Corrective Actions Carried Out For Aviation Safety Transport Ministry
The Transport Ministry, through the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), has taken corrective action against 33 audit findings of the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) raised by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2019.
Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said this followed the downgrading of CAAM's safety rating from Category 1 to Category 2 by the FAA.
He said the FAA re-audited CAAM from Dec 6 to 10, 2021 and a written report of the audit findings was submitted to Malaysia on May 10 for corrective action.
"Based on the report, CAAM has taken action to close the 29 findings of the IASA audit raised by the FAA, and then on July 12 to 14, 2022, the FAA held further discussions with CAAM regarding corrective actions taken by CAAM on those findings," he said.
He was speaking during the Minister's Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Wee was responding to a question from Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman (PAS-Kuala Krai) on the status and actions taken by the ministry following the downgrading of CAAM’s safety rating.
The transport minister said based on discussions, the FAA informed verbally that 26 of the 29 findings in the auditing session in December last year had been successfully closed, with all 26 related to the technical aspects of CAAM.
However, he said three findings are still not closed, with two of them related to legal aspects and the other concerned technical and training aspects involving the preparation of a syllabus for CAAM inspectors.
"In this connection, corrective actions to cover the three findings were submitted to the FAA on July 25, 2022, and the FAA will make a decision regarding the re-rating in the near future and announce it this August," he said.
To Abdul Latiff's question on action taken by Malaysia to retain the country’s membership as a council member in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Wee said CAAM has drawn up a strategy to gain support to retain the seat, as well as hold bilateral meetings with regional groups, including the African Civil Aviation Commission.
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