Task force formed to regain FAA status

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has formed a task force to regain its Category One ranking from the US Federal Aviation Administration, and aims to resolve all the 33 issues raised within 12 months, according to Transport Minister Anthony Loke, Bloomberg reports.

More than half of the 33 issues raised by the FAA were procedural, Loke told reporters in Putrajaya.

The task force will act as an independent body overseeing Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia’s (CAAM) efforts to regain the Category One status.

The task force will be headed by former CAAM director-general Datuk Kok Soo Chon and will include four pilots, three engineers and a technical coordinator.

CAAM will review the current fees and charges and transform into a fully autonomous statutory body to address some of FAA’s concerns.

Meanwhile, Airports Council International regional adviser Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad said the announcement by the Transport Ministry to establish the task force with the purpose of regaining the FAA Category 1 status is most appropriate.

“Kok has the knowledge and experience to lead the task force, having been the previous director-general of DCA (Department of Civil Aviation) and also Malaysia’s representative to International Civil Aviation Organisation.

“Together with the other experts in the task force, it is hoped the return to Category 1 can be expedited,” he told StarBiz.For this, he said it is important that the terms of reference and deliberables are clearly established.

He added that the establishment of the task force would give confidence to the industry that the matter has been taken seriously.

“A review of the fees and charges is long overdue and it would be timely for this to be addressed as well. An independent CAAM with the appropriate structure will enable it to fulfill its functions more effectively,” he said.

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