GCAA organises 2nd Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers discussion forum

DUBAI: The General Civil Aviation Authority s Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre recently hosted a discussion forum for pilots and air traffic controllers working in the U.A.E., as part of its strategic objectives to enhance air navigation services and promote collaboration with local entities and strategic partners.

The Forum, held for the second consecutive year, was attended by many pilots and air traffic control staff representing the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre, Dubai Air Navigation Services, Emirates Airline, Fly Dubai, Department of Civil Aviation, Sharjah; Air Arabia; Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and Etihad Airways, along with other stakeholders.

In his opening speech, GCAA Assistant Director General – Air Navigation Services, Ahmed Ibrahim Al Jallaf, welcomed the participants and urged them to make the most of this gathering to discuss challenges they face in their work, and to take part in suggesting practical solutions to the improvement of safety and air traffic efficiency.

He pointed out that improving operational cooperation between two of the key players in the aviation industry is generally one of the GCAA top priorities towards boosting civil aviation operations safety and security in the U.A.E..

On his part, the Director-General of GCAA, Saif Al Suwaidi, praised the efforts and fruitful cooperation with other aviation authorities and stakeholders, and expressed appreciation for the continuous initiatives aimed at ensuring the safety and security of air traffic operations across U.A.E. skies.

He also emphasised the GCAA s keenness to ensure full continuous cooperation and constructive dialogue with all strategic partners on all levels so as to enhance partnership and make sure better services are being delivered.

Discussions revolved around cooperation enhancement, improvement of work environment for pilots and air traffic controllers and the importance of maintaining air traffic operations safety and security. Representatives of participating entities gave presentations about their future expansion operations. Participants also tackled a number of suggestions pertaining to operational procedures improvement and possible air-route changes.