European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has welcomed the Civil Aviation
Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to be part of the Safety Oversight Facilitated
Integration Application (SOFIA), a new EASA IT application that will enable
CAAN to reorganise its processes and streamline its technical tasks.
An EASA team is performing the first kick-off mission during April 25-27. More
implementation sessions will follow during the course of 2012.
The SOFIA in its initial version includes in full or part the safety oversight
management as described in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
annexes for the safety concerns linked to personnel licensing, operation of
aircraft, aircraft nationality and registration marks and airworthiness of
A module for examination results, aircraft inspections and reporting, as well
as an elaborate work flow system, alert and tracking system are also part of
the SOFIA application that enables a feasible solution to support a partner
authority and/or an agency to streamline and automate its safety oversight
processes, in order to become more effective and efficient.
Since its introduction SOFIA generated a lot of interest from various
organisations from different parts of world. Indeed, it continues to be an
appealing project for many authorities, as numerous new requests for
information and wishes for implementation are continuously being received on a
regular basis by EASA.
CAAN has recently joined the programme and belongs next to CAA Sri Lanka to one
of the first South Asian civil aviation authorities that have entered into a
close working relationship with the European Aviation Safety Agency to enable a