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Bahamas scores Caribbean first on aviation regulation

Unread post by bimjim » Wed Jul 20, 2011

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Bahamas scores Caribbean first on aviation regulation
By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Business Reporter
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

THE Bahamas is moving towards greater compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, as a new project is geared to making it the first Caribbean country with its own state safety program, ICAO representative Alfredo Goyenechea told Tribune Business yesterday.

“When we are finished with this project, the Bahamas will be the first country in the Caribbean that will have its own state safety program, which will be called the Bahamas State Safety Program,” Mr Goyenechea said.

“That is very important, not only for the Civil Aviation Department but also for the whole aviation environment in the Bahamas, so it is good to have this and comply with international civl aviation standards."

In a 2009 audit of the Bahamas' civil aviation system, ICAO, a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN) aimed at creating and modernising Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) of civil aviation, found at the time that key elements were lacking.

Mr Goyenechea said he will be developing the state safety program, which is applicable to all members of ICAO, and with it the Bahamas will be up to date with all regulations established by the organisation.

“This safety program is applicable to all members of ICAO, all states in the world, because ICAO is a part of the United Nations. Every country should have the state safety program. It is a program that will allow every state to control safety on the aviation operations, which includes airlines, airports, maintenance shops, training, schools and air traffic control,” Mr Goyenechea said.

An aeronautical engineer, he is also conducting a four-day training course that began on Monday.

“This training course is oriented to staff from the Civil Aviation Department, and also airlines, airports and civil aviation departments, maintenance and so on, so they will know what ICAO is demanding from each one of them," Mr Goyenechea said.

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