Civil aviation directors mull safety and security issues
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013.
Director General of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, Donald McPhail
Antigua & Barbuda plays host to the 25th Meeting of Directors of Civil Aviation of the Eastern Caribbean, which began yesterday and concludes tomorrow. (Photos by Tameika Malone)
The issue of civil aviation safety and security will be the focus of the 25th Meeting of Directors of Civil Aviation of the Eastern Caribbean sub-region of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) being held at the Grand Royal Antiguan Resort.
Speaking at the opening, Director General of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, Donald McPhail said, “Safety and security is what we are all about in air transportation and civil aviation in general. We are required to ensure that all operations, particularly commercial operations, meet a certain level of safety and security in order to operate.”
Maintaining safety and security, the director general said, is an ongoing process, which begins when a company offers its services to the public.
“It does not stop once the airline is certified; it continues through the life of the airline,” he said.
“We would do audits, tests, surveys, and inspections quite frequently to ensure there is always an acceptable level of safety in the operations.”
Security is ever changing and evolving and new technology is one of the greatest challenges for the region, the director general noted.
ICAO’s working budget is short by approximately $16 million and the organisation has been asked to cut back and look for opportunities to generate revenue to address the expected expenditure and possible revenue.
The body will spend the next two days reviewing the shortfalls for the year and strategies for the next year.
The participants of the meeting are from Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, the French territories, the British overseas territories of the OECS, US Virgin Islands, Dutch Antilles and a guest delegation from Jamaica.