[Barbados] Midyear Date For Civil Aviation Building

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[Barbados] Midyear Date For Civil Aviation Building

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[Barbados] Midyear Date For Civil Aviation Building
Kim Ramsay-Moore
March 2, 2015
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    Tourism Minister, Richard Sealy, (third right) inspecting the work being carried out at the Civil Aviation Department’s new headquarters in Charnocks, Christ Church. (C.Pitt/BGIS)
By midyear, officers who fall under the Civil Aviation umbrella should be operating out of spanking new facilities.

That assertion came from Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, during a recent tour of that Department’s new headquarters in Charnocks, Christ Church.

Noting that the officers were currently scattered across the island, Mr. Sealy pointed out that there were several advantages to having them in one location.

“It is essential if we are to take civil aviation to another level that the regulators have the appropriate facilities that they can operate from in comfort. They have been scotching for too long, a section here, a section there, and we are talking sometimes about officers located between Bridgetown, Warrens and the Airport,” he explained.

He added that the facility, which cost just over $10 million to build, was close enough to the aerodrome to make it easier for workers to observe weather conditions and other situations occurring at the airport. “The safety group will also be based here and it is always good to have them not only near the airport, but with a bird’s eye view of that general area to observe any incidents,” Mr. Sealy stated.

The Minister also lauded members of the project team for the work completed so far, noting that it was almost within budget. “There will be extra because we need to erect a retaining wall, but we are on budget otherwise,” he emphasised.

Project Manager, Dr. Winston Harvey, explained that the project had progressed rapidly since construction began in April of last year. Attributing this to a high level of cooperation between consultants, contractors and sub-contractors, he described the operation as “pretty smooth, with no major problems.

“We have not had any safety issues [and] the project has gone off without any major hitches. We have not even lost many days due to weather. Any engineering project has challenges, so at the beginning we had to do some tweaking of the foundation – that is standard for projects on land that is not level or normal building land,” Mr. Harvey clarified, explaining that the site of the project was formerly a cane estate.

The Civil Aviation Building will house persons from the Civil Aviation Department, Transport Licensing and the Meteorological Department.

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Re: [Barbados] Midyear Date For Civil Aviation Building

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  • “The safety group will also be based here and it is always good to have them not only near the airport, but with a bird’s eye view of that general area to observe any incidents,” Mr. Sealy stated.
Now that's just a retarded statement and amply demonstrates the Minister's lack of competence in the aviation portfolio.

Charnocks - where the ATC Training School and radar dome are - is quite some distance from the airport, and there are houses and buildings between them. The DCA offices were previously AT the airport, at the base of the Tower which is out into the ramp area, with windows to see what was going on outside.

Barbados is IASA/ICAO Category Two for a reason, and that reason is lack of competence and lack of oversight facilities. The Barbados Government can make all the fancy adjustments they want for all the best photo-ops, but until they put qualified, competent people with broad international experience in leadership positions and start staffing adequately to do what international laws and standards require, the country will always be Category Two. That takes money, which Barbados has none of - except to blow several million on unnnecessary buildings and politically viable opportunities.

This entire Ministry and Department smack of the same things that are dragging LIAT into the ocean... political ineptitude, political appointees and lack of qualified, experienced people to make the right decisions.

You can't fly with the eagles when all you have around you are turkeys.

Gobble gobble.

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Unread post by islandflyer » Mon Mar 09, 2015

Except that this case, Jim, the really did need a proper home.

The old facilities (on top of a clothing factory) was totally inadequate, and looked very poor for a government office with that level of responsibility. And there is no way they could stay in the temporary digs at GAIA - so a building was needed.

Totally agreed about the staffing thing, tho'.

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Unread post by bimjim » Mon Mar 09, 2015

Last time I looked for myself (2001) they had quite a lot of office space at the foot of the tower. There were two self-important secretaries (who ignored everyone) with huge executive desks in a foyer with space for six, a large library room, several executive suites, a multitude of offices - and most importantly, direct door and window access to the ramp for which they have responsibility and oversight.

I know Approach Control started at the back of that building, my understanding is that facility is now also over at Charnocks, so that is even more space made available.

That is NOT a small building at the foot of the Tower.

Barbados still does not have a CAA - though the Tiger Shrimp Minister assured me personally some seven years ago it was imminent - next year, next year, next year - and they are always short of staff.

And now even shorter of Inspectors, since the former Antigua Government Minister left their Official Secrets Act ranks when his ALP Party swept back into power in Antigua last month.

The new building will also house the ATLA - which meets what, once a quarter? Just how much space does the ATLA need for a Board Room, two secretaries and four filing cabinets?

The brunt of my criticism is that the Barbados government is abandoning any remaining pretenses that they have direct oversight over the airport airside - which is unequivocally their responsibility, along with some observation from Customs.

Oversight is one of the most important sectors in the IASA/ICAO Category One evaluation... if a country DOES NOT OVERSEE their aviation program, through personnel and through regulations, then they will NEVER acquire Category One. Period.

There are few personnel, and - in several years of making noises - there still are no CAA regulations.

The Barbados Government and its Ministers should stop trying to fool the public about their activities and spending. There are no activities, and (while they are indeed spending) there is no money either.

Civil aviation in Barbados is a JOKE.

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