Executive Briefings

Air Transport Authorities Push for Heightened Security in African Aviation

The International Air Transport Association and the International Civil Aviation Organization, along with other aviation authorities, have urged African officials to promote and implement the Africa Strategic Improvement Action Plan. The plan, which calls for all African carriers to complete IATA Operational Safety Audit registration, contains specific ways to improve aviation safety in Africa from now until 2015.

Key objectives in the Africa Strategic Improvement Action Plan include the establishment of independent and well-funded African civil aviation authorities and the implementation of flight data analysis and safety management systems. IATA and ICAO also encourage African authorities to implement "transparent" safety oversight systems and accident-prevention measures; the latter should be focused on runway safety and loss of control, IATA indicated in a press release.

ICAO and IATA endorsed this plan after analyzing the high number of aircraft accidents in Africa from 2006 to 2010. Propelling these incidents, the associations found, were inadequate regulatory oversight and the lack of SMS execution.

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Key objectives in the Africa Strategic Improvement Action Plan include the establishment of independent and well-funded African civil aviation authorities and the implementation of flight data analysis and safety management systems. IATA and ICAO also encourage African authorities to implement "transparent" safety oversight systems and accident-prevention measures; the latter should be focused on runway safety and loss of control, IATA indicated in a press release.

ICAO and IATA endorsed this plan after analyzing the high number of aircraft accidents in Africa from 2006 to 2010. Propelling these incidents, the associations found, were inadequate regulatory oversight and the lack of SMS execution.

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