Aviation officials complete state safety course

POSTED: 10/19/12 11:47 AM

St. Maarten – Seven aviation professionals from the St. Maarten Civil Aviation Authority (SMCAA) recently participated in a state safety implementation course which started on Monday and ended yesterday. It was made possible through a technical cooperation agreement with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Head of the Department of Civil Aviation, Shipping and Maritime, Louis Halley, said that the course was derived from the ICAO Safety Management Manual (Doc 9859) which is mandatory for a state. It is the basis for the development for Safety Management System (SMS), which is also mandatory to Civil Aviation Service Providers.

The instructors from ICAO were Technical Officer in Air Traffic Management Drazen Gardilcic and a Senior Operations Inspector seconded by the ACSA-COCESNA RSOO, Captain Rodrigo Brenes, who held the safety program implementation course from the 15th to the 18th of October 2012.

Topics covered during the workshop included basic aviation safety concepts, fundamentals of safety management, hazard identification and risk management, ICAO safety management related provisions, and the development and implementation of the St. Maarten safety program.

The course allowed participants to obtain theoretical knowledge and practical experience on the planning and implementation of the State Safety Program.

Halley said that the participants in the course—who all passed the final test—demonstrated their ability to apply their newly acquired knowledge in a practical setting.

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