Aircraft body backs proposal for bigger GCAA budget
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THE Aircraft Owners’ Association of Guyana (AOAG) said it welcomes and fully supports the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority‘s (GCAA) recently announced decision by the Director General to propose an increase of the Authority’s budget for 2018.

The increase is aimed at expanding the GCAA technical staff to include qualified and experienced Flight Operations Inspectors in order to ensure that the aviation industry complies with the highest possible safety standards.

In a statement the AOAG said for many years, it has advocated in favour of strengthening the Authority’s regulatory and technical capacity in order that Guyana meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

“We commend Director General, Lt. Col. (retd) Egbert Field, for the action he is taking to upgrade the Authority to meet the needs of a rapidly growing aviation industry and its expanding hinterland shuttle operations. The AOAG has, however, long emphasised the dangerous prevailing conditions under which airline pilots fly in delivering essential services to our hinterland locations and has consistently made its voice heard in urging that the GCAA and GOG to address the need to upgrade our hinterland aerodromes and invest in an adequate Search and Rescue system, appropriate to our domestic aviation requirements.”

According to the body, while it accepts that the government has increased investment in the development of interior aerodromes, navigation facilities and weather forecasting, the fact remains that many hinterland airstrips still fail to meet the regulatory standards set by the GCAA itself and from the ground up aircraft tracking systems such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADSB) remain fully operational.

“It is because of the frequently hostile and extremely dangerous conditions under which aircraft operators conduct hinterland shuttle flights from hinterland locations that the Director of Civil Aviation has quite properly demanded operators manage these away from base operations to a standard specifically developed to ensure maximum possible safety.”

The requirements of the Director General with regard to the safety of hinterland shuttle operations are singularly focused on the management of the operating procedures of the companies conducting shuttle activities. It is entirely appropriate that each and every operator is required to submit a manual of procedures which meet the demand of these operations. The AOAG’s Technical Committee has worked with its members to develop procedures and requirements specific to the environment in which shuttle operations are conducted and is pleased to have presented these Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on 31st August, 2017, which have been accepted by the GCAA.

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