[Barbados] Aviation regulatory body in the works

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[Barbados] Aviation regulatory body in the works

Unread post by islandflyer » Mon Dec 05, 2011

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[Barbados] Aviation regulatory body in the works
By Tanya Lightbourne (Advocate)
12/5/2011
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      Members of the Aviation Department at yesterday’s thanksgiving service to launch the week of celebrations in commemoration of International Civil Aviation Day.
Barbados is moving towards the establishment of a Civil Aviation Authority.

This organisation is expected to lead to a more dynamic civil aviation unit that would be more responsive to the needs of stakeholder partners.

This was revealed Minister of International Business and International Transport, George Hutson, during his remarks at the thanksgiving service to launch the week of celebrations in commemoration of International Civil Aviation Day, at Providence Methodist Church, yesterday.

He said that this local specialist aviation regulator has been a recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) since 1994; and will move Barbados towards re-classification as a category number one jurisdiction by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) of the United States.

“Staff of my Ministry, together with the representatives of the workers and the Services Commission, will be working together towards a seamless set-up of this organisation once it is approved by Cabinet in the coming weeks,” he stated.

The Minister further enlightened the congregation that this year represents 60 years since the Department of Civil Aviation was established in Barbados.

He expressed that officers of the department have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the safety and proper regulation of aviation on the island.

“They ensure that the laws and regulations governing air transport are kept up-to-date and adhere to the international standards and best practices principles recommended by the ICAO.

“The lives of the travelling public dictates that officers are thorough, efficient and pay attention to the smallest detail in the performance of their duties. Even in the face of pressure from persons who may be driven by profit motives. In their business the slightest error could lead to the loss of many lives,” he pointed out.

Hutson added that activities this week will include a flag-raising ceremony and a presentation to various schools on career opportunities in the industry on Wednesday, which is celebrated as International Civil Aviation Day.

According to the Minister, this event is important as it is our young people who will continue the development of Civil Aviation in Barbados in the years ahead.

“I am pleased that Coconut Airways Limited has now been accredited by the Civil Aviation Department to provide training to young people who are seeking careers as pilots. Some 16 youths will complete their private Pilot Licence Training within the next six months.

“Barbados has a tradition of providing the initial training to many persons who have gone to obtain their Commercial Pilot Licence and to fly for many of the major commercial airlines, including LIAT,” he observed

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Re: Aviation regulatory body in the works

Unread post by islandflyer » Mon Dec 05, 2011

2 things:

1) I personally think it is disgraceful that it has taken the Government of Barbados 18 YEARS to even begin to look at the ICAO recommendations with regards to a seperate aviation regulatory body, taking the current DCA from under Government control/interference, and making it more efficient and supportive of the private enterprises under its control. A glaring example of Government interference was this whole REDjet debacle, but no need to go into that now. And then Minister Gumbo has the gall to say the current DCA ensures that "laws and regulations governing air transport are kept up-to-date and adhere to the international standards and best practices principles recommended by the ICAO". What?

2) An unfair pot shot was taken, and I hope not overlooked - remarking on the fact that the officers of the DCA are "thorough, efficient and pay attention to the smallest detail in the performance of their duties" (which is true, I give them that), then the Minister strikes with " Even in the face of pressure from persons who may be driven by profit motives" Come on! Don't throw the DCA in with ATLB! The only reason that there was pressure was because His Ministry and those under His control were appearing to be dragging their feet (by instruction or design I don't know), and, insofar as the public was made aware, certain letters of agreement and promises seemed to be reversed without cause. Shame on you!

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