U.S. FAA downgrades Costa Rica's rating over not complying with safety standardsDevdiscourse News Desk | Washington DC | Updated: 14-05-2019 23:23 IST | Created: 14-05-2019 22:55 IST
The revised rating means the Central American country either lacks the laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or its civil aviation authority - the Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC) -- is deficient. The FAA did not elaborate. In 1996, Costa Rica was assigned a Category 1 rating. The FAA conducted an in-country reassessment of Costa Rica in October 2018, and had met with DGAC in February to discuss the results. DGAC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.