The FAA today announced Tuesday that Barbados does not comply
with international safety standards set by the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO), based on an assessment of Barbados'
civil aviation authority. As a result, the FAA has assigned
Barbados an International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA)
Category 2 rating. With a Category 2 rating, Barbados' air
carriers, which do not currently serve the United States, cannot
establish U.S. service.
A Category 2 rating means a country either lacks laws or
regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with
minimum international standards, or that its civil aviation
authority - equivalent to the FAA for aviation safety matters - is
deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise,
trained personnel, record keeping or inspection procedures.
As part of the FAA's IASA program, the agency assesses the civil
aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that
operate or have applied to fly to the United States and makes that
information available to the public. The assessments determine
whether or not foreign civil aviation authorities are meeting ICAO
safety standards, not FAA regulations. The civil aviation authority
of Barbados is currently conducting certification on an air carrier
with the goal of serving the United States.
Countries with air carriers that fly to the United States must
adhere to the safety standards of ICAO, the United Nations'
technical agency for aviation that establishes international
standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and