[Barbados] Director of Civil Aviation points to concerns
Director of Civil Aviation, Mitchinson Beckles (right) making a point to Minister of International Business and International Transport, George Hutson.
His comments came as he delivered welcome remarks during the opening ceremony of the meeting which is taking place at the Savannah Hotel. The Civil Aviation Director lamented that for some time now, the Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) Committee has struggled to function, as only two states have been contributing to the work of the Committee and he is hopeful that that matter will be given the required attention during this week’s meeting.
“It therefore gives me great pleasure to welcome you to develop a working programme with schedules of events for radar data sharing; also I welcome you to develop a work programme with schedules of events for the transitioning of the region to the ICAO’s new flight plan format. Again, I welcome you to establish a programme with schedules of events to transition the Eastern Caribbean region to GNSS [Global Navigation Satellite System] technology, develop state’s performance based navigation implementation plans and to encourage the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority to publish the long overdue circular of transitioning the region to GNSS by 2015,” he said.
Beckles also encouraged the delegates, who are drawn from across the Caribbean, to review the ICAO training programme for the next generation for Eastern Caribbean aviation professionals and to develop timetables to facilitate that training.