Safety in the Region
ICAO AFI Aviation Week in Malabo – Equatorial Guinea
As the Vice-Chair and member of the Steering Committee of the AFI Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG), IATA was a key participant at the 3rd International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) AFI Aviation Week in Malabo – Equatorial Guinea from June 27 to July 01, 2016. The week's events were attended by close to 200 delegates from all over the world, with key stakeholders such as EUROCONTROL, European Union/EASA and many other international organizations.
IATA gave a presentation on the "Role of Industry in Implementing Safety Initiatives in AFI" which covered all current IATA Audit programs, addressed challenges in Aeronautical Information Standards, provided analysis of Air Traffic Incidents and the establishment of Runway Safety Teams (RSTs) as well prevention of Loss of Control In Flight (LOC-I).
In particular the requirement for States to use the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program as an Alternative Means of Compliance (AMC) was debated thoroughly. Discussions focused on how States can incorporate IOSA within the ICAO mandatory framework. The meeting was reminded that the IOSA requirement for States became one of the Abuja Safety Targets based on statistical data and also on a decision of the 36th ICAO Assembly which recognized IOSA as a very systematic way to implement management systems of each operational function of an operator.
The meeting proposed taking the matter to the next Director Generals of CAA meeting scheduled for November 2016 in Brazzaville – Congo.
Lastly, IATA extended its helping hand in the spirit of No Country Left Behind (NLCLB) campaign particularly targeting States struggling with addressing Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs).
IATA Africa SFO team participated in the Africa-Indian Ocean Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APIRG) / Aerodrome and Airspace Operations (AAO) meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya from 5 to 8 July 2016. IATA is part of the AAO/Steering Group that was established and mandated by APIRG to support the implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and carry out specific activities aimed to enable APIRG to discharge its functions and responsibilities in the areas of AAO. The key function of the AAO/SG is to carry out implementation of projects in support to States related to the areas of Aerodrome Operations Planning (AOP), Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Search and Rescue (SAR).
SAT, SAT/FIT & CNMC Meetings
IATA Africa SFO team participated in the South Atlantic/ FANS I/A Interoperability Team / Central Network Management Committee (SAT/FIT, CNMC) held from June 6 to 9, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The meetings reviewed follow-up actions and the status of implementation of previous decisions and conclusions pertaining respectively to SAT/FIT, CNMC SAT.
To address low implementation of previous meeting decisions and conclusions, the Group agreed to follow-up with States/ANSPs on a quarterly basis, through teleconferences under the coordination of ICAO Regional Offices in Lima and Dakar.
SADC CAUAMC Meeting
IATA participated in Southern African Development Community Civil Aviation Commission (SADC CAC) and provided users support for the SADC Civil Aviation Upper Airspace Management Centre (CAUAMC). The thrust of IATA's support is the establishment of the SADC single airspace as one of the building blocks "Towards Unified AFI SKY'. The Outcome and progress to date is as follows:
Interim office established in Lesotho and will initially focus on safety i.e. SADC Aviation Safety Oversight (SASO). The necessary buy-in for civil-military coordination has been achieved and secured.
The terms of references and roadmap for CAUAMC will be discussed and finalized before the next meeting in September 2016. IATA is a member of the CAUAMC Committee from a Users' perspective and will actively participate in the consultation process.
Safety in MENA
IATA safety and flight Operation MENA coordinated an Inter-Regional Coordination Meeting between Iran, Iraq, Turkey, EUROCONTROL, IATA (airlines) and ICAO on 5 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The main objective of the meeting was to agree on the measures to enhance the traffic flows between Europe and the Middle East Region, taking into consideration users requirements.
An IATA Special Coordination Meeting was held between Iran, Iraq, airlines and ICAO in Istanbul, Turkey on 6 May. The meeting agreed to the re-alignment of the ATS Routes within the Baghdad Flight Information Region (FIR) to avoid the conflict zones and to the implementation of two new routes, in addition to other bilateral arrangements that would ensure the efficiency of traffic flow between Iran and Iraq.
IATA safety and flight operation MENA coordinated a meeting between Iraq, Bahrain and Kuwait 1-2 June in the IATA Amman office. The meeting addressed the future traffic flows between the 3 states as to better facilitate airline needs and address "checkpoints" that could arise. The meeting also defined a way forward on the continuing of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) routings from the Middle East to Europe.