​The Flight Safety Section is responsible for the following areas:

Air navigation aspects of aviation security
    Ensure the best possible synergy between the specifications for safety and security
    Consider security-related aspects in the development of the safety specifications contained in the ICAO Annexes
    Assess the safety aspects of proposed security-related specifications
    Coordinate the work of the Air Navigation Commission with the work of the AVSEC Panel
    Coordinate the maintenance and implementation of the Air Navigation part of the ICAO Aviation Security Plan of Action
Airworthiness of aircraft
    Develop aircraft design requirements
    Develop aircraft certification requirements
    Ensure continuing airworthiness
    Consider crash survival and fire protection
    Assess registration and marking
    Develop airworthiness requirements for special operations
    Incorporate security into aircraft design
    Develop continuing airworthiness requirements of leased aircraft
    Develop aircraft maintenance requirements
    Develop approval requirements of aircraft maintenance organizations
Aviation training policy and standards
    Manage implementation of ICAO Aviation Training Policy and Standards Programme
    Oversight of ICAO training activities to ensure standardization
    Quality assurance for all ICAO Training Programmes
    Update of the existing parts of the Training Manual (Doc 7192) and development of new parts as required
    Manage the ICAO endorsed Government Safety Inspector Training Programme
    Enhance regional/sub regional training planning in all ICAO regions to ensure that training capacities are compatible with plans to implement facilities and services
    Develop audio-visual material
    Maintain the Aviation Training Directory database
    Develop the Aviation Training Directory to include new areas such as computer-based training and distance training
    Provide advice and support on training media matters
Environmental matters
    Coordinate the development of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for the control of aircraft engine emissions and aircraft noise
Flight procedures
    Maintain the Procedures for Air Navigation Services — Aircraft Operations (PANS-OPS, Doc 8168)
    Address PANS-OPS implementation problems
    Develop instrument procedures database integrity requirements
    Develop training guidelines for procedure designers
    Procedure design software validation
    General review of en-route criteria
    Develop flight procedures and obstacle clearance criteria based on RNAV systems
    Develop procedure design aspects of noise abatement procedures during SID
    Develop obstacle clearance criteria for VNAV in all phases of flight
    Develop instrument procedures for helicopters at heliports
    Update of the collision risk model for precision approach obstacle assessment
    Ensure adequacy of the obstacle free zone for new larger aeroplanes
Flight safety and human factors
    Contribute to the Human Factors-related aspects of the Strategic Objectives of ICAO for 2005-2010
    Ensure proactive integration of Human Factors knowledge into technology and systems design
    Develop Human Factors-related provisions in Annexes and Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS) and supporting guidance material
    Monitor compatibility of Standards and Recommended Practices being developed in all fields of air navigation with Human Factors principles and propose amendments whenever required
    Organize regional seminars and worldwide symposia
    Interact with the research community to support the activities of the Flight Safety and Human Factors Programme
Operation of aircraft
    Strengthen Air Operator Certificate (AOC)
    Introduce critical elements of a State regulatory system to Annex 6 operational provisions
    Update aircraft performance requirements
    Update crew responsibilities in current industry/regulatory practices
    Add provisions to Annex 6, Part I introducing single engine IMC requirements
    Review and update Annex 6, specifically Part II — General Aviation and Part III — Helicopter
    Monitor units of measurement
Performance based navigation
    Develop common understanding of the RNP concept, and the relationship between RNP and RNAV functionality
    Develop operational requirements related to navigation performance for each phase of flight
    Verify whether the RNP concept adequately addresses the navigation performance requirements for each phase of flight
    Address the need for a more specific means of indicating RNP capability in the flight plans
    Address the adequacy of existing guidance concerning the navigation infrastructure requirements for various combinations of RNP type and navigation systems
    Address the adequacy of existing provisions and guidance material concerning the operational impact, for both pilots and air traffic control (ATC), of changes in the status of navigation aids on the RNP capability of aircraft
    Conduct an awareness and training campaign for performance based navigation
    Execute an implementation programme for performance based navigation
Personnel licensing
    Develop and maintain provisions relating to licensing in Annex 1
    Maintain the Manual of Procedures for Establishment and Management of a State's Personnel Licensing System (Doc 9379)
    Participate in the personnel licensing element of USOAP
    Provide advice to States on the implementation of Annex 1 Standards
Programme for the prevention of controlled flight into terrain and approach and landing accidents
    Develop a Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) CD-ROM
    Develop procedures for prevention of controlled flight into terrain
    Develop quality assurance guidance material for instrument procedure design that will ensure navigation data integrity
Safety management systems
    Harmonize and develop provisions regarding safety management systems (SMS) in Annexes and relevant material
    Develop model regulations for States that would support an SMS based regulatory approach to the management of safety
    Develop model regulations for States that would support an SMS based regulatory approach to the management of safety
    Develop guidance material to address the integration of safety management practices by national oversight authorities, as well as the application of SMS concepts and practices in smaller aviation organizations
    Develop the necessary course materials to deliver the programme of regional training courses to directly enable States to implement SMS
    Develop the necessary course materials for a "train the trainers" course
Safe transport of dangerous goods by air
    Develop of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for the safe air transport of dangerous goods and the detailed specifications to support them
    Development of guidance on emergency response to aircraft procedures