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Friday, January 24, 2014

CAA Details Restructured Airspace Oversight

[Aviation Today January 24, 2014] The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) released details about the newly merged activities of its Safety Regulation Group and Department of Airspace Policy.

Under the new structure, the newly created Safety and Airspace Regulation Group (SARG) will use performance-based oversight and information generated by individual operators and airport safety management systems to address the areas of greatest risk for the country's aviation industry. The agency is currently contacting airlines and airports to inform them of the new structure.

Mark Swan, director of SARG, said the restructuring was necessary to maintain U.K. aviation as having one of the "best safety records in the world."

"To help make a difference, we need to concentrate our resources and efforts where they are going to have the greatest effect. We also need to get better at identifying emerging risks and to put the right amount of effort into each risk, or reduce effort where the risk is less. That means moving to a more performance-based approach and the new setup of SARG will be crucial in achieving that,” said Swan. 

Improvements to the CAA's new operations have already begun, as the SARG has created a services hub within its headquarters to serve as a focal point for inquiries and applications from airlines, operators, pilots and other industry stakeholders.  Within the coming weeks the CAA plans to begin contacting organizations that it regulates. 



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