[Trinidad] Air safety talks in PoS next week

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[Trinidad] Air safety talks in PoS next week

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Apr 24, 2014


[Trinidad] Air safety talks in PoS next week
Thursday, April 24 2014

Safety in air travel will occupy centre stage when Trinidad and Tobago hosts 21 countries, including the United States and Canada, to a major civil aviation meeting in Port-of-Spain next week. Delegates will discuss resolutions on new navigation systems, improved safety and decreased environmental impact.

The fifth meeting of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation NACC/DCA/5 will be hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) at the Hyatt Regency hotel next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. President of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, is scheduled to attend, and declare the conference open.

This was announced yesterday at a TTCAA media briefing held at the Civil Aviation Complex in Piarco. TTCAA Director General, Ramesh Lutchmedial, noted that a global air navigation plan and a global aviation safety plan were adopted by ICAO at their last triennial assembly held from September 24 to October 4 last year. The NACC/DCA/5 is to discuss how the countries in the region can collaborate to implement these two plans.

Lutchmedial pointed out that aviation was in an age of rapidly changing technology, and also the global fleet of aircraft increases by about 1000 annually. He said that the air space, however, was not expanding so there was a challenge to fit more aircraft into it.

“So therefore you have to find a way to stack more aircraft into the same airspace. And therefore new concepts, new procedures have to be adopted,” he said.

He noted that with an area of 750,000 nautical square miles this country regulates one of the largest airspaces in the world and also has one of the most modern civil aviation complexes and the most advanced air traffic control system in the Western Hemisphere. He said the other countries attending the meeting will be looking forward to seeing the advances that this country has made in the field.

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