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LAST MINUTE: AFAC changes director with a view to recovering Category 1

The Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT) appointed, on the instructions of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the General of the Retired Air Staff Pilot Aviator Division, Miguel Enrique Vallín Osuna, as the new director general of the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC), replacing Carlos Rodríguez Munguía just over 20 months after taking office.

“The aeronautical sector is dynamic and requires adequate leadership since it plays a determining role in the national economy, in addition to the fact that the present administration is constantly working on the development of airport infrastructure and the strengthening of the industry to provide accessible services. and quality to users, despite the adversities encountered”, said Jorge Nuño Lara, current head of the SICT office and also Undersecretary of Infrastructure, quoted in a statement.

“The coordinated work between the Federal Civil Aviation Agency and the Undersecretary of Transportation is fundamental and arduous, so we are sure that the result will be satisfactory,” he added.

Miguel Enrique Vallín Osuna assured that the first objective of his management will be the recovery of Category 1 in aviation safety.

“The history of international civil aviation is of the utmost importance, therefore the primary objective is to recover Category 1 to operate within established international standards. It is a social necessity to be able to provide security to this means of transport and it is a direct responsibility of the State aeronautical authority,” he said, quoted in the document.

Among the guidelines proposed by the new director of AFAC, he highlighted updating the legal framework, incorporating adequate professional profiles, technical work to update standards in operational safety and security of civil aviation, “fighting corruption”, as well as seeking ” technical, financial and legal autonomy” of the Agency.

“We expect results and a significant improvement to recover Category 1, and, in the long term, maintain the level and reposition ourselves as what we once were, a representative country in the matter,” he said.

Vallín Osuna is originally from Culiacán, Sinaloa, and has been commander of the Mexican Air Force, in air squadrons, groups and air bases; Chief of Staff in air regions; and General Director of Air Transport of the National Guard, among other positions.

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