Tuesday, July 4, 2017

ICAO team starts aviation standard audit from today

A team of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) formally started audit of Nepal's aviation sector from today.
In an interaction with officials of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) in Kathmandu, the two-member team – captain Eugene Voundri and aeronautical engineer Edmund Bohland – of ICAO presented its mission and work schedule.
According to the spokesperson of CAAN Birendra Prasad Shrestha the ICAO team started its work. "The team presented its work schedule for conducing audit of four areas of aviation safety; aviation legislation, flight operations, personal licensing and air worthiness," he said, adding that the team has kept both site inspection and study of documents in their schedule. “They are likely to audit documents related to Nepal's aviation safety and also make site inspections till Friday, and compile all their study reports by Sunday."
The team will brief CAAN officials about the findings of their study next Tuesday.
CAAN is hopeful that ICAO will remove Significant Safety Concern (SSC) tag given to Nepal after studying report prepared by the team. The SSC indicates that aviation sector needs to make improvement on safety aspects. "It is not that Nepali aviation sector is blacklisted by ICAO,” Shrestha added.
ICAO had given SSC tag to the Nepali aviation sector in 2013.
The Safety Management Division of CAAN has spared no effort to improve Nepal's air safety standards, claims the aviation sector regulator.

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