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According to a Philippine aviation expert, the anticipated upgrade of the Philippine aviation status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may be delayed due to the US government shutdown that is happening recently. The Philippines is supposed to be upgraded from Category 2 to Category 1 by the FAA this month, as said by Capt. Amado Soliman Jr., Chairman of Air Safety Foundation. This possible delay may be due to the failure of the US lawmakers to agree on a new budget which forced the federal government to stop all but the vital operations of the country. If the US shutdown would be prolonged, then the plans of local airlines to operate in the US would have to wait. But despite the hold in promoting the Philippines’ status at present, the original plans are still in place and will be addressed by the FAA. The officials are just waiting for the directions and comments of the agency, as said by the CAAP deputy director John Andrews.

               In holding the upgrade of the Philippines’ aviation status, planned operations to the US of some local carriers have been on hold as well for they still have to be approved by the said agency. Although the Philippines has been certified to meet the International Civil Organization safety standards, it seemed not enough to let Philippine carriers to operate just yet. With this, there is a possibility that the Philippines is missing on the opportunity to expand its aviation operations which may contribute to the country’s overall profits. Also, this may give a reputation for the Philippines from other countries that the safety standards of the country’s aviation are unstable and therefore would not entice investors for the industry. Moreover, the US government shutdown may also have further impacts not only to the country’s aviation industry but also in other sectors for the country depends on the US aid greatly. This hold may take a while but the Philippines must not lose its hope in achieving its desired upgrade that would enable its further progress and expansion in the aviation industry.

Source: http://business.inquirer.net/145911/ph-aviation-status-seen-in-limbo-as-us-shuts-down

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