MANILA - In the Philippines, there are colorum buses, jeepneys, taxis, and even ‘colorum’ airplanes.
In a hearing at the Senate, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General William Hotchkiss said it has 2 more issues it must resolve before it can achieve the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration's Category 1 status.
He said one issue is having colorum or unregistered airplanes, and the other problem is lack of training among CAAP inspectors.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) review earlier retained the country’s Category 2 status.
ICAO found two significant safety concerns against CAAP.
The ten-day evaluation revealed that CAAP indeed failed in “aircraft registration and flight safety inspection.”
The Philippines is hoping to return to Category 1 status before the end of the year.
A Category 1 status would mean more flights to the United States for domestic carriers. – with a report from Ruby Tayag, dzMM