Progress on ICAO's Strategic Objectives — Safety — Implementation



Runway Safety Programme


The ICAO runway safety programme coordinates a global effort to improve runway safety, collaborating with partner organizations including: Airports Council International (ACI); Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO); European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); EUROCONTROL; United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Flight Safety Foundation (FSF); International Air Transport Association (IATA); International Business Aviation Council (IBAC); International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industry Associations (ICCAIA); International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA); International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA); and International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA).


The programme supports the establishment of multidisciplinary runway safety teams (RSTs) at airports which involve the collaborative efforts of regulatory authorities, air traffic management, aerodrome operations, and aircraft operators. The programme incorporates innovative approaches developed by aviation safety experts to continuously reduce risks encountered in the take-off and landing phases as well as during movement on the surface. The ICAO runway safety implementation kit (I-Kit) includes tools such as the ICAO Runway Safety Team Handbook.


The runway safety programme supports:


​a)​Regional Aviation Safety Groups (RASGs) to analyse regional runway safety data and develop related safety enhancement initiatives and detailed implementation plans;
​b)​States to implement runway safety programmes and aerodrome certification;
​c)​airports to implement RSTs and safety management systems (SMS); and
​d)​ICAO runway safety Go-Team visits, which are voluntary, multidisciplinary assistance visits to airports, performed by groups of experts from the partners, to provide assistance for improved runway safety.


ICAO runway safety Go-Teams have been deployed in most ICAO Regions in 2016.


Regional implementation is being progressed through RASGs and coordinated by the ICAO Regional Offices with the participation of all partner organizations. Global guidance and support are provided by ICAO Headquarters in coordination with its partners. Additional information can be found on the Runway Safety page of the ICAO website.


Aviation Safety Implementation Assistance Partnership (ASIAP)


ASIAP is the platform for ICAO and its safety partners to coordinate efforts for the provision of assistance to States and has the following objectives: information sharing; prioritization of States and assistance needs; and coordination, cooperation and collaboration on assistance activities between partners. Members include Canada, China, France, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States, ACI, Airbus, Boeing, CANSO, EASA, IATA and the World Bank.


ASIAP has developed a methodology for prioritizing States to receive technical assistance and maintains a list of priority States. As a result of ASIAP, partners are collaborating on assistance delivered in Cambodia, Guyana, Nepal, Thailand and United Republic of Tanzania. Contributions for ASIAP priority State projects were made by China, Japan, EASA and Boeing. Additional information on ASIAP can be found on the ICAO website.


Workshops on protection of safety information


Two regional workshops on protection of safety information were held in Dakar, Senegal, and Lima, Peru, in November and December, respectively, to present the tools available to assist States in the implementation of Amendment 15 to Annex 13 — Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation. The workshops addressed the protection of accident and incident investigation records, and the independence of accident investigation authorities. The workshops were intended to, inter alia, assist States to: enhance the protection of investigation records in Annex 13; incorporate protections of such records into national laws and regulations; designate the “competent authority”; and administer the “balancing test”. Four more workshops are planned for 2017.


Competencies of Civil Aviation Safety Inspectors


Work on the Manual on the Competencies of Civil Aviation Safety Inspectors (Doc 10070) progressed during 2016. This manual focuses on the competencies that civil aviation safety inspectors (CASIs) should demonstrate while performing their duties in order to enhance the effectiveness of a State’s oversight activities today and to better prepare for their oversight needs of the future. It provides guidance to oversight authorities and training organizations on the development and maintenance of a competent CASIs workforce.

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