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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Graham Outlines ICAO Safety Initiatives

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is undertaking a series of initiatives as a part of its “action oriented” approach to promoting international aviation safety, according to Nancy Graham, director of the ICAO Air Navigation Bureau. Graham gave the opening keynote address, March 8 at the ATC Global conference in Amsterdam.

The ICAO initiatives include runway safety, fatigue risk management and the development of a risk-management system.

Runway issues are the industry’s highest risk area, Graham said, motivating the Global Runway Safety Symposium, May 24-26 at ICAO’s headquarters in Montreal. At that event, ICAO and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) “will roll out a major update to the Runway Excursion Risk Took Kit,” she said. “I’m delighted to report that all major international safety organizations have worked together on this toolkit to provide real-world tools in an effort to eliminate these types of accidents.”
 
New guidance on fatigue risk management will be provided at the Fatigue Risk Management Systems Symposium and Forum, Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Montreal, including “one manual specific to the regulator and one specific to industry. Both were developed by our collective fatigue risk management workforce,” Graham said.

A third initiative, she said, is the development of a risk-management system that prioritizes assistance from ICAO to reducing exposure to the highest risk of fatalities.

These and other initiatives will be outlined in a revision of ICAO’s Global Safety Plan due at the end of the year and will be accompanied by a first Global Aviation Safety Report, Graham said.


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