The US Trade and Development Agency has signed a US$1.4 million dollar grant to help Vietnam improve its aviation safety consistent with international standards. The two-year safety effort was awarded August 24 to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam to help Vietnam and the CAAV obtain Category I status under the Federal Aviation Administration?s International Aviation Safety Assessment Programme (IASA), which will enable Vietnam?s aviation market to expand both domestically and internationally, according to the USTDA press release.
The IASA programme focuses on a country?s ability to adhere to international standards established by the UN technical agency for aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The USTDA grant will partially fund technical assistance to help the CAAV make improvements to Vietnam?s air safety regulatory system consistent with ICAO standards and obtain Category I status under the IASA programme. Achieving Category I status will permit direct access by Vietnamese air carriers to the United States and will facilitate greater investment by US airlines and other aviation organisations in Vietnam?s growing air services market.