[Barbados] Aviation regulatory body in the works
By Tanya Lightbourne (Advocate)
Members of the Aviation Department at yesterday’s thanksgiving service to launch the week of celebrations in commemoration of International Civil Aviation Day.
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