The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael P. Huerta, speaking at an Asia-Pacific civil aviation conference in Mongolia today, said that the FAA and its Asia-Pacific counterparts must continue to work together to promote oversight operations and certification systems that will ensure the safety of passengers around the world as demand increases.
The FAA projects that within 20 years, the total number of passengers
traveling between the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S. alone will
increase by 120 percent.
“By sharing data and best practices with each other, we’ve proven
that safety has no borders,” said Huerta. “It is imperative that we
work together to meet this increased demand and deliver the level of
safety and service consumers and businesses on both sides of the Pacific
Aviation leaders gathered at the Asia-Pacific Directors General of
Civil Aviation Conference to discuss the future of civil aviation in the
Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. has collaborated with the region since
establishing a civil aviation office in Tokyo in 1947.
In cooperation with forums such as the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN), FAA is working to improve air traffic efficiency in the region.
For example, through engagement with ASEAN, FAA is working to emphasize
the operational value of cross-border data information sharing between
With APEC, the FAA is standardizing and implementing innovative
traffic flow management technologies and best practices to allow for
separation reductions and smoother traffic flow. The FAA also is
supporting regional initiatives to implement more Performance-Based
Navigation procedures, which shorten flight routes, save time, and
Leaders of both regions committed to improving the efficiency of each
nation’s aviation systems in a time when new technologies continue to
reshape traditional aircraft and air traffic operations.