Management of Aviation Safety Risks Related to COVID-19 for CAAs



14 May 2020, 0900 EDT (Montreal time) 



Recording is now available here.








The successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic requires the assessment and management of risks that extend beyond the boundaries of managing aviation safety risks as defined in Annex 19 — Safety Management. Civil aviation authorities (CAAs) need to understand their role in supporting the mitigations being put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and providing flexibility to the aviation industry facing unprecedented challenges.


This webinar will highlight how CAAs, regardless of their level of implementation or maturity of their State safety programme (SSP), should use safety management principles to support their decision making in order to manage the aviation safety risks, which fall under their responsibility, during the COVID-19 pandemic.



 Civil Aviation Authorities



 Elizabeth Gnehm






Ms. Elizabeth Gnehm joined ICAO in 2002 and has been responsible for the Safety Management Programme at ICAO since 2016. Her duties include serving as the Secretary of the Safety Management Panel, which has developed proposals for the first and second editions of Annex 19 – Safety Management, and leading a team to develop initiatives that support the implementation of State safety programmes (SSP) and safety management systems (SMS) worldwide.


Ms. Gnehm also spent 9 years working in the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) as Technical Coordinator, Team Leader and Airworthiness Auditor and has participated in over 50 ICAO USOAP missions.


Prior to joining ICAO in 2002, she worked for the US Federal Aviation Administration as the Airworthiness Advisor to the Spanish DGAC and in the Seattle Aircraft Certification Office. Ms. Gnehm has also worked for the Boeing Company under various airplane programmes and holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University. 



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