EASA invades Central America- what happened to Administrator Huerta’s Strategic Initiative and the Monroe Doctrine?

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EASA strengthens Central American links

UTT launches the Caribbean Center of Expertise in Aviation Safety

Huerta declares Region an FAA Strategic Priority

EASA signs agreement with  COCESNA

Trinidad & Tobago starts Aviation Safety University Program

Where’s FAA?

Old news:

“…the FAA Administrator has established a strategic planning process to guide his team’s mission. In the international sphere, the FAA’s immediate priority was articulated here:


The Caribbean region is of critical importance to the United States,” Administrator Huerta said. “By working together, we are building a foundation of increased cooperation that will allow us to enhance safety and efficiency throughout a region that serves as a destination for so many travelers.”

Air traffic in the Caribbean is expected to grow rapidly – as much as five to six percent over the next two decades. The region is second only to the Middle East in terms of aviation growth. More than 17 percent of international flights departing from the United States are headed for destinations in the Caribbean. Many more flights transit Caribbean airspace between North and South America. This represents millions of passengers from all over the region and the world.

Through its Caribbean Initiative, the FAA’s technical experts work with their Caribbean partners and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to increase airport safety and certification in the region and to improve air traffic flow management through collaborative decision-making. The initiative also supports the region’s implementation of ICAO.

The Caribbean is a critical nexus for the U.S. airspace system

More than 7 million passengers fly from the United States to the Caribbean each year, accounting for nearly 17 percent of all U.S. outbound passengers.

Air traffic management is complex and requires extensive coordination among air navigation partners. The region includes 10 air traffic service providers managed by separate sovereign nations.  Half a million aircraft cross one of the six flight regions adjacent to the U.S.

Varying tropical weather patterns and the complexity of a multitude of airports contribute to air traffic schedule uncertainty and delays within the region.”

Bad News:


  1. EASA has signed an MoU with COCESNA

This agreement will create a close relationship between the two institutions and will pave the way for concrete cooperation activities, such as EASA’s support for the implementation of a common pilot licence in the region. The MoU was signed by Jorge Vargas, executive president of COCESNA, and Luc Tytgat, EASA strategy and safety management director, in the presence of the President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

ACSA, a division of COCESNA (Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea), is the Regional Safety Oversight Organisation of the six Central American countries (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize).

EASA is working with the countries of the Latin America and Caribbean region to enhance aviation safety and support European and Latin American interests in civil aviation, most recently with the newly launched EU-Latin America and Caribbean Aviation Partnership Project.



  1. University of Trinidad and Tobago opens Aviation Safety School- NO USA


No mention of the FAA, any US aviation university or any American involvement

 Whatever happened to the Monroe Doctrine?

On December 2, 1823, President James Monroe used his annual message to Congress for a bold assertion: ‘The American continents … are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.’ Along with such other statements as George Washington’s Farewell Address and John Hay’s Open Door notes regarding China, this ‘Monroe Doctrine’ became a cornerstone of American foreign policy. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams had played the most important role in developing the wording of the declaration, and he also influenced the doctrine’s overall shape.








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