The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) established the Regional Aviation Safety Group – Asia and Pacific Regions (RASG-APAC) to develop and implement a work program that supports a regional performance framework for the management of safety on the basis of the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan and Global Aviation Safety Roadmap.
The RASG-APAC supports the establishment and operation of a performance-based safety system for the Asia-Pacific region and enhanced regional reporting and risk identification.
During the group’s eighth meeting, held in Bangkok, Thailand, in September 2018, CASA’s Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, was elected to chair the RASG-APAC for the next three years.
CASA is chairing the group at a critical time, following the signing of the Beijing Declaration in February 2018. The declaration is a ministerial commitment to safety targets to enable all states in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve an increased level of effective implementation of ICAO standards. This is the first step towards the Asia-Pacific region meeting its obligations and having sound governance around the way in which ICAO regional groups work together.
With Graeme Harris, Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, currently chairing the ICAO Asia/Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Work Group, it is an opportune time for CASA to bring trans-Tasman expertise to the Asia-Pacific region.
Forums discuss Asia-Pacific assistance
CASA was represented at the ICAO–European Aviation Safety Agency Forum on Civil Aviation in South East Asia and the 18th Steering Committee Meeting of the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programme, South East Asia.
These forums focused on assistance requirements for a range of Asia-Pacific states and brought together donor regulators including the European Aviation Safety Agency, the United States Federal Aviation Administration and the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority.
CASA used the opportunity to discuss work carried out by multiple authorities providing assistance to the region, with a view to avoiding duplication and spreading the allocation of resources to meet the targets of the Beijing Declaration.
These initiatives are part of CASA’s contribution to Australian efforts to examine the priority given to ICAO resourcing in the Asia-Pacific region in light of the growth of the aviation sector.