posted on Oct, 4 2013 @ 09:47 AM
The Chicago Convention requires that all member nations to ensure that all aircraft operating in their territory, regardless of country of registry be
operated in a safe manner, and comply with all safety regulations, and prosecution for anyone who operates an aircraft in an unsafe manner. It also
requires a system in place to conduct accident and incident investigations.
The FAA has furloughed 3,000 safety inspectors, and the NTSB has furloughed all but three of their investigators due to the government shut down.
This may put the US in violation of the Chicago Convention and the International Civil Aviation Organizations member obligations.
This could have big repercussions for US airlines, as in the past the US has been pretty aggressive about auditing other nations Civil Aviation
Authority (their FAA), and ensuring that they comply with all aspects of the treaty. If they don't, then operations can be limited, and no new
We could end up looking at US airlines being denied access to other countries, or allowed access on a majorly reduced level than we currently see.
FAA’s furlough of 3,000 aviation safety inspectors and NTSB’s furlough of its accident investigators may put the United States in default of
its treaty obligations under the Chicago Convention and the obligations of member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The Chicago
Convention is the main aviation treaty setting the standards for air safety among the 192 contracting states of ICAO, an agency of the United Nations.
Violating its treaty obligations could have significant repercussions for US airlines if the inspectors and investigators are not immediately put back