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Caap exec dies

CAPT. Francisco M. Juliano, 72, chief of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’s (Caap) Flight Operations Department, died on Saturday, two days before the International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) was to conduct a review of the agency.

Juliano was reported to have suffered a stroke while in his office and was rushed to the Villamor Air Base Hospital where he expired at 1 p.m.

Members of the Icao Coordinated Validation Mission, are set to review the Caap from Monday to Friday to determine if the agency has meet all the international standards before it is granted back its Category 1 status.

Juliano was a 1963 graduate of the Air Force Flying School and flew for the Philippine Airlines from 1966 to 1998.

He has worked with Caap since 2011.

Wilma Caliste, Caap executive assistant, said Juliano reported early Saturday morning to prepare documents with his team in preparation for the Icao audit.

The Philippines was downgraded to Category 2 status by the US Federal Aviation Authority  in 2007 because the now-defunct Air Transportation Office (ATO), which was responsible for implementing policies on Philippine civil aviation, committed lapses on the safety requirements established by the Icao.

The Icao said the ATO lacked “qualified personnel regulatory oversight.”

This issue has been addressed by Caap and its officials feel confident that the agency is already compliant with Icao safety standards.

Caap officials expect that the results of the final audit will bring back the Philippine’s to its original aviation Category 1 status so that all sanctions imposed by the FAA on Philippine air carriers, which could not increase flight frequency to the US, are lifted.

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