FAA rates SA airspace safe

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says the country has been given a “category one” safety rating by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
CAA Commissioner for Civil Aviation Colin Jordaan says the FAA visited SA in July to review the work done by the CAA since the last audit of the body in December last year.
The FAA, the primus inter pares of aviation authorities, assesses other civil aviation authorities under the International Aviation Safety Assessment Program. 
Jordaan says US Department of Transportation Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Nicholas Sabatini has notified them that “as a result of the extensive work completed by your government and the positive results from our July 30 visit, we have determined that the SA CAA continues to meet the applicable requirements in regard to safety oversight under the international standards of the Chicago Convention [International Convention on Civil Aviation].
“As such, the International Aviation Safety Assessment category for South Africa shall continue to be released to the public as Category 1,” he said.

This outcome, together with the results of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Universal Safety Audit Programme (USAP) which the authority undertook in July 2007, has “reconfirmed SA as an ideal country to host the world’s biggest sporting event (the 2010 Soccer World Cup)”, Jordaan adds.