Cablegate: Bahrain: Faa Technical Assistance Programs

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 225232

(U) On October 25, EconOff met with Mohammed Al Juman,
Director of Air Navigation at Civil Aviation Affairs and
passed reftel letter from John Hancock, acting Director of
International Aviation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
on pre-payment for FAA technical assistance. Al Juman noted
GOB desire for increased cooperation with the FAA and raised
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) plans to develop a system to
manage regional airspace. He underscored the need for
well-tested systems and indicated that Europe had already
expressed an interest in providing that assistance. However,
he said, the GCC wants to devise a system "right for the
region," and there remained a strong preference among the
Gulf states for a mechanism that would incorporate what they
felt were the best elements of both the U.S. and EU systems.
Al Juman also raised Bahrain's interest in becoming a
regional training hub for pilots and negotiations with a
Boeing subsidiary -- Alteon -- for the purchase and operation
of flight simulators.

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