The FAA team buckled and granted Category 1 status to Venezuelan airlines to avoid the threat of US airlines banned from entering Venezuela. So planes that were considered unsafe will now be considered safe as the FAA bows to political pressure.
The decision came after an FAA team visited Venezuela late last month to examine Venezuelan airlines’ planes and procedures within the country’s aviation authority.
The FAA had recognized the “efforts to improve the level of aviation safety oversight in Venezuela” made by the National Aviation Institute, or INAC, the statement said.
The Venezuelan government had protested its lower Category 2 ranking, which prohibited Venezuelan airlines from flying their own planes to the U.S. or from launching new services such as expansions in routes.
The restrictions, in place since 1995, forced Venezuelan airlines to rent planes and crew for flights to or from the United States. via SignOnSanDiego.com
I hope anyone thinking of flying on a Venezuelan airline will take the recent decision under consideration by the FAA as a political one. And I pray that when there is a crash by a Venezuelan aircraft, the FAA is honest on why they allowed the planes to fly in this country again.