On September 19, 2013 U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt conveyed to Head of the State Aviation Service of Ukraine Anatolii Kolisnyk a letter concerning Ukraine meeting the Category 1 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) International Aviation Safety Assessment Program.
After eight-years in a lower category, the results of the FAA audit showed that Ukraine’s systems of safety oversight fully comply with international standards in the sphere of civil aviation.
The official return of Ukraine to the first category will provide the opportunity to resume direct flights to the United States along the route Kyiv - New York City, allow Ukrainian airlines to open new routes and enter into «code-share» agreements with the U.S. airlines.
This event opens the way to the expansion of Ukrainian air carriers to the U.S. market and implementation of a number of major projects under the U.S.-Ukrainian cooperation in the field of civil aviation.
According to International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA Program), which was launched August 24, 1992, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration audits the civil aviation authorities of the countries, whose airlines are already fly to the U.S. or are planning on that.
IASA program assesses the country's ability, not the individual air carrier, to adhere to international standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance established by the United Nation's technical agency for aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (namely, the requirements specified in Annexes 1, 6 and 8 of the Chicago Convention).
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