Published On: Wed, May 20th, 2015

Camelia-Römer: CCAA is ready for an FAA audit hopefully by December this year

ParliamentWILLEMSTAD – The Parliament of Curaçao had a meeting with the new Minister of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning, Mrs. Suzanne Camelia-Römer, where they debated on the certification of the aviation industry according to the norms of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The minister explained that the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) has bought an electronic system that guarantees safety and protection. This means that a major deficiency was eliminated, which brings the CCAA back on the road to category 1.

The Netherlands has helped by paying a portion for this system, but it is installed here on the island and it is the property of Curaçao.

The Member of Parliament for the opposition party MFK, Amerigo Thode asked the minister to give a tentative date for the FAA’s audit. Minister Camelia-Römer indicated that the CCAA will hopefully be ready by December this year, but that they don’t know when the FAA will be able to come to the island to do their audit.

The MP also asked when the aviation legislation will be presented to parliament for debate and adoption. The minister indicated that she is still waiting for the legal department to give their council on this legislation before presenting it to parliament.

The CCAA’s business plan was also presented to the Department of Finance. They will evaluate it and see if there are possibilities to finance the civil aviation sector of the island.

The government needs to also take into account in the legislation trajectory that the States Advisory Board (RvA) takes three months to give their council. The minister hopes that the RvA will expedite this process so the legislation can be ready to be submitted to parliament.

But in the end, it is parliament that determines how long they will take to debate on the legislation. The minister appealed to the MPs to expedite this process in the interest of the aviation sector.

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