International Aviation Safety Assessment Program

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The International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA Program) is a program established by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 1992. The program is an attempt to appreciate a country's ability to adhere to standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance. The regulatory authorities in any sovereign country are obliged under the Chicago Convention to exercise regulatory oversight over air carriers within the state. Such international standards and recommended practices are laid down by the United Nations' technical agency for aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Countries that are assessed as being able to abide by the ICAO standards are classified as category 1; those assessed as being unable to are classified as category 2.

Carriers from category 2 countries are allowed to continue operating as before the assessment, but are not allowed to expand their service to the USA.[1]


  1. ^ "IASA Results Definitions". FAA. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 

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