GCAA holds Safety Intelligence and Management Workshop

DUBAI: More than 60 experts from different fields of aviation, international organisations and academia deliberated on the emerging global issues in aviation safety intelligence and management at a workshop hosted by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Titled “Safety Intelligence and Management Workshop” the course attracted the participation of a wide span of key global aviation stakeholders, including ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation, NASA, IPTC, principal National Aviation Authorities, government aviation-related organisations, lead manufacturers, universities, aviation safety specialised companies, airlines, and research laboratories.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General, GCAA, said, “Safety Intelligence is regarded as the organisational capability to manage a systematic and continuous process to collect key operational data and translate it to meaningful information to deal with new situations, and apply the knowledge to achieve the expected outcome in an efficient way for managing safety risks.” Ismaeil Al Balooshi, Assistant Director-General for Aviation Safety Affairs, said, “The GCAA adopts a safety approach based on combining compliance and performance-based Environment.” He added that the GCAA believes that the way to establish sustainable growth of the international aviation system “advanced safety management capabilities must be introduced in order to maintain operational safety margins and manage existing and emerging safety risks.” “This event is a step forward in the leading partnership promoted by GCAA with key national and international stakeholders,” said Gustavo Barba, Manager Policy at GCAA.

The workshop debate was focused on the present and future challenges that Aviation Authorities are facing to conduct safety oversight under ICAO obligations, including effective management of emerging safety risks in a Global Aviation Market.

The main conclusion of the workshop was the needed evolution and transformation of National Authorities and industry stakeholders, covering people, processes and systems, to keep focus on protecting the public.

GCAA says that it is committed to share the knowledge, conclusions and recommendations reached in the workshop and for this purpose, a dedicated website is planned to be launched in the coming months to ensure open access to the global community.

The workshop was sponsored by STRATA, a Mubadala company, as platinum sponsor, and had the fundamental support of Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline.