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Cablegate: Thailand Civair: Faa Request Delivered

VZCZCXYZ0001
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHBK #6020 3370626
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 030626Z DEC 07
FM AMEMBASSY BANGKOK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0931
INFO RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE 4304
RHMCSUU/FAA NATIONAL HQ WASHINGTON DC
RULSDMK/DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHDC

UNCLAS BANGKOK 006020

SIPDIS

SINGAPORE FOR FAA REP; FAA for API-1/AFS-50/AGC-7

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAIR TH
SUBJECT: THAILAND CIVAIR: FAA REQUEST DELIVERED

REF: SECSTATE 159313

1. Econoff delivered letter and report in reftel via fax to the
office of Thai Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation
(DCA) Chaisak Angkasuwan on November 28 and letter, report and
talking points from reftel in person to Thai MFA North America
Division Director Kanchana Patarachoke on November 30. Econoff is
scheduled to meet with DG Chaisak upon his return from travel on
December 4 to deliver the talking points. Kanchana told Econoff
that the MFA has spoken to the DCA about this matter and that the
DCA said they are in touch with the FAA and have scheduled an FAA
consultation for January 28, 2008.

2. Weena Nusdin, Aviation Safety Inspector in the Flight Standards
Bureau of the DCA sent the following message to the MFA regarding
the status of actions taken following the FAA re-assessment in July.


Begin text of message:

-Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has compared differences between
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Model Regulations
(International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Model
Regulations), ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and
Thai regulations to check whether additional regulations are
required. At the moment, 90 percent of the regulations have been
reviewed. New required regulations were drafted and sent to the DCA
Legal Department for consideration. It is expected that the Legal
Department will finish its consideration within mid-December 2007.
And, the draft regulations should be ready to be issued within the
end of December 2007.

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-The Flight Operations Inspection Division is in between reviewing
the Flight Operations Inspector Manual. It is expected to be ready
before the final FAA consultation.

-DCA Flight Operations Inspection experts have been sent for
recurrent trainings as recommended by FAA.

-The AOC documentation process has been improved to include a
checklist which assists in checking whether all required documents
are completed and systematically retained.

-Lockable doors have been installed to secure DCA storage areas for
paper copies of airman records.

End text of message.

Boyce

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