General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) concluded the “Safety Intelligence and Management Workshop” which was held in Bab Al Shams resort from 18-20 November 2014. The event was sponsored by STRATA (a Mubadala company) as a platinum sponsor, and got the fundamental support of Etihad airways and Emirates airlines.
The event gathered a global “think tank” of more than 60 top-notch experts from different fields of Aviation, international organizations and academia to deliberate on the emerging global issues in aviation safety intelligence and management.
The innovative approach of the workshop attracted the participation of a wide span of world key aviation stakeholders* , including ICAO, IATA, Flight Safety Foundation, NASA, IPTC, principal National Aviation Authorities, government aviation related organizations, lead manufacturers, universities, aviation safety specialized companies, airlines, and research laboratories.
H.E Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General GCAA, said: “Safety Intelligence is regarded as the organizational capability to manage a systematic and continuous process to collect key operational data, translate it to meaningful information, to deal with new situations, as well applying knowledge to achieve the expected outcome in an efficient way for managing safety risks.”
Mr. Ismaeil Al Balooshi, Assistant Director General for Aviation Safety Affairs, said: “GCAA adopts a safety approach based on combining compliance and performance-based Environment.” He added that GCAA believes that the way to establish sustainable growth of the international aviation system “advanced safety management capabilities must be introduced in order to maintain operational safety margins and manage existing and emerging safety risks.”
The workshop discussion framework was structured in:
• Three key work-streams related to the core groups of competencies and capabilities, which are: Organizational and Human Resources Issues, Analysis, Methodologies and Modeling, Safety Tools and Technology; plus
• Six task-groups related key safety processes on intelligence and management to provide effective control on safety risks by:
o Identify precursor – data fusion and integration
o Risk characterization – modeling event sequence analysis, estimate exposure and consequence
o Risk prioritization – Modeling system wide impacts
o Recommendation – cost/benefit assessment
“This event is a step forward in the leading partnership promoted by GCAA with key national and international stakeholders,” said Mr. Gustavo Barba, Manager Policy.
The workshop debate was focused on the present and future challenges that Aviation Authorities are facing to conduct safety oversight under ICAO obligations, including effective management of emerging safety risks in a Global Aviation Market.
The main conclusion of the workshop was the needed evolution and transformation of National Authorities and industry stakeholders, covering people, processes and systems, to keep focus on protecting the public.
Workshop’s deliverables include:
• Description of main safety competencies and capabilities, with identified attributes, and
• A set of safety processes, describing their related activities and tools
GCAA is committed to share the knowledge, conclusions and recommendations reached in the workshop and for this purpose, a dedicated website is planned to be launched in the coming months to ensure open access to the Global community.
* ICAO, EASA, FAA, UK CAA, French DGAC, Brazil National Civil Aviation Agency, Argentina Civil Aviation Administration, Eurocontrol, SESAR, IATA, NASA, Flight Safety Foundation, Airbus, Boeing, UN Humanitarian Aviation Service, International Pilot Training Consortium, MIT, Emirates Aviation University, City University London, University of Western Australia, CGE Risk Management Solutions, Fatigue Risk Management Science, APSYS, ISDEFE, CAAi, NLR, GAEL, Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, NATS, Indra, EMPIC, The LOSA Collaborative and SENASA.