Civil Aviation Oversight

PAI assisted the civil aviation authority of the Republic of Venezuela in establishing appropriate regulations, standards, and surveillance procedures.  Our team provided on‑the‑job training to Venezuelan inspectors and helped develop the surveillance and enforcement procedures and recordkeeping systems needed to meet ICAO standards and recommended practices.  A team of eight full-time technical staff was on site in Caracas.  In support of this program, we developed a program plan, inspector guidance, and policy documents in English and Spanish.  This program included a re-certification process, whereby all international air carriers were required to demonstrate that they meet the requirements for initial certification using the ICAO standards and basic certification process.

In addition, PAI performed an independent systems-oriented evaluation of Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos S.A. de C.V. (TAESA), a Mexican air carrier, for the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil of Mexico (DGAC).  PAI evaluated flight operations, maintenance, cabin safety, and training.  The objective of the evaluation was to help the DGAC reach a determination based on worldwide industry standards regarding TAESA’s resumption of operations.

PAI also conducted a mid-term evaluation of the Inter-American Development Bank Multilateral Investment Fund project for regional technical cooperation to strengthen the regulatory and institutional air transport safety framework in Belize, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Panama.  PAI evaluated the project’s activities, goals, and assumptions, and analyzed how the project could be modified to maximize the probability of achieving its goals.