Monday, April 24, 2006

India assists Seychelle with air safety

Indian air safety experts have helped Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) staff raise their game in the fields of air traffic control, fire safety and flight security, ahead of forthcoming international safety audits.
Under the India Technical Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, three Indian air safety officials have lent their advice to the local air authorities, currently gearing up for a safety audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The ICAO audit comes as the SCAA and other African air traffic controllers prepare to introduce a Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM), bringing the region’s air space into line with global norms.
Indian air space has already switched to the RVSM system and S.V. Satish, deputy general manager of Air Traffic Management in the Airports Authority of India, has been on hand for the last four months to offer guidance on the changes.
Seychelles’ senior air traffic controllers have already undergone RVSM training in South Africa, but Mr Satish has bolstered their expertise with advice and a newly drawn up national safety plan, operational manual and letters of agreement between adjacent flight information regions.
To make the change to RVSM Indian air traffic controls invested heavily in expensive technical upgrades.
24/04/06 Seychelles Nation
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