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FAA Administrator Meets with Latin American Aviation Leaders

Goal is to promote international partnerships, safety, efficiency

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Marion C. Blakey met with Latin American aviation leaders in Santiago, Chile, March 28-30 to strengthen international partnerships and highlight improvements in safety and efficiency, according to a March 30 FAA press release.

"By working together with our Chilean and Latin American partners, we will move towards a more unified system," Blakey said. "The FAA is committed to bringing our resources to the table to make aviation as safe and efficient as possible around the world."

Blakey will speak and meet with Latin American aviation officials at the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE). He will also support regional efforts to unify neighboring aviation oversight systems, the FAA said.

Following is the text of the FAA press release:

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FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2004

FAA Meets in Chile to Promote Latin American Aviation Safety and Efficiency

Santiago, Chile -- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Marion C. Blakey is meeting with Chilean and Latin American aviation leaders from March 28 to 30 to strengthen international partnerships and highlight improvements in safety and trans-border airspace efficiencies.

"Aviation is a global concern, and we must address it on that level," said FAA Administrator Blakey. "By working together with our Chilean and Latin American partners, we will move towards a more unified system. The FAA is committed to bringing our resources to the table to make aviation as safe and efficient as possible around the world."

On March 29, Administrator Blakey will join President of the Republic of Chile Ricardo Lagos Escobar and other Aviation Directors General representing the Americas to open the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE). FIDAE is the largest air show in the region, and brings together parliamentary and diplomatic officials, aviation industry representatives and civilian and military authorities from around the world.

At FIDAE, Administrator Blakey will meet with Gen. Enrique Rosende, Director General of the Chilean Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC), to discuss satellite navigation issues as well as new technologies and procedures to improve air traffic efficiency. Those procedures include Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM,) which creates more air traffic lanes in the sky.

On March 30, Administrator Blakey will take part in a "Wings of Change Conference Panel" at FIDAE. The theme of the conference is "Air Transport in the World: Current Situations and Future Challenges." Other panelists include the United Nation´s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Dr. Assad Kotaite and International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and Chie Executive Officer Giovanni Bisignani. Administrator Blakey will support Latin American efforts to unify neighboring aviation oversight systems. Administrator Blakey will also meet with Argentine officials to discuss mutual efforts to improve aviation safety.

Following meetings with Latin American aviation officials at FIDAE, Administrator Blakey will attend a flight demonstration by American Airlines and IATA at the Santiago International Airport regarding Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and Area Navigation (RNAV). RNP and RNAV are navigation capabilities being implemented in the United States that take advantage of an aircraft´s on-board technologies to fly a more accurate and predictable flight path, increasing safety and efficiency.

According to the recently released FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2002-2013, total passengers to and from the United States are projected to return to pre-Sept. 11, 2001, levels in 2006. Over the 12 year forecast period, Latin American passengers are expected to increase 5.7 percent annually. Recognizing this growth in international air traffic, Administrator Blakey is working to increase the FAA´s international leadership on safety and efficiency issues.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

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