FAA lowers Israel's aviation safety standard rating to 2

The US Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced over the weekend that it was changing Israel's aviation safety standard rating to Category 2 following an assessment made last July of the country's civil aviation authority, the FAA said in a statement. "The rating is not related to security issues," the FAA announced. With a Category 2 rating given by the FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, Israeli air carriers will not be allowed to establish new service to the United States. The Israel Airports Authority was addressing the items identified, including working with the FAA on an aggressive action plan to correct all areas of concern so that its safety oversight system fully complies with standards and practices set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the FAA said.