Mexico held government elections in July 2018. The winner of the Presidential election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was sworn into office on December 1, 2018 – AeroTime.

For more or less three decades, aviation workers and enthusiastic followers (including myself) have demanded in all tones and from all air transport authorities, for a democratic exercise, creating work group with companies, authorities and workers to agree on a long-term and consensual State policy that allows our Mexican aviation to return to the leadership it had.

A public policy would imply that the leadership of the State that once was lost would be retaken. The leadership, which does not mean “doing everything”, but rather determines a course of joint action, is in charge of following it up, corrects what is correctable and allows what is good to flow, in accordance with strategic objectives of the policy and its direction.

Among the matters to tackle, there is a need to strengthen the authority on the matter. The General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics should be an autonomous federal agency with its own budget and civil service career, so that its employees can exercise their authority based on knowledge and credibility.

There has also been a request to dissociate accident investigation from the aeronautical authority, so that it can exercise functions of gathering information on probable causes, factors that contribute to accidents and can issue recommendations that are binding on the authority, without conflicts of interest.

Mexico will not have its new super-hub in Texcoco after all. The decision was taken after a controversial public consultation, which stopped the airport project mid-construction.

Another related issue is to guarantee operational safety. Mexico needs to adopt the canons of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with all its consequences at the highest possible level for our country, always thinking of reaching the highest standards in the industry.

What does this imply? An adoption of a national management system, which accommodates structuring all implementation and supervision measures of private and commercial operators. Also, monitoring safety management systems of operators (IOSA audits and others, provided by the International Air Transport Association); putting in place all the all the missing rules and regulations, as well as the Crew Fatigue Measurement System, to avoid damage to safety. Finally, establishing a conceptual and human framework that enables safe operations of both civil and private (and even military) aircraft.

It is also essential that our country updates regulation of new technologies, such as drones and adopts, where possible, technology that makes air navigation more agile. All this without forgetting the most important of all the previous matters: education and technical-aeronautical periodic training. Mexico has a well-earned place in it and, hopefully, we will not let it get lost. We will continue.

Rosario Avilés graduated in Journalism from the "Carlos Septién García" School. She holds a Master's in Journalism from the University of Miami.

She has worked as founder, editor, columnist and collaborator in various media, among them: El Economista, Reforma, El Financiero, Grupo Imagen, Radio 13 and La Crónica de Hoy. She has been writing the Despegues y Aterrizajes (Takeoffs and Landings) column, where she analyzes and discusses topics related to the air sector for 20 years.

Her column has been kindly provided by our friends at, a Spanish-language aviation portal from Mexico.

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