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AIG-SAM/5 summit: fruitful work meetings

Sponsored by the Civil Aeronautics Directorate of Colombia (DGAC), through its Aviation Accident and Incident Research Group (GRIAA), from October 3 to 5, the fifth meeting of the ARCM Executive Committee (AIG-SAM/5) was held in the city of Medellin, Colombia.

The meeting was attended by representatives of eight States of the SAM Region (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Venezuela), as well as authorities of the Latin America Regional Office and the AIG section of ICAO, together to various safety agencies and representatives of the industry, among which the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the manufacturers Airbus, Embraer and ATR.

Throughout the different work meetings, topics of interest on safety for the region were addressed, such as plans for mitigating events in training instances and in aero-agricultural operations. On the other hand, representatives of the aeronautical industry unfolded information obtained through their operations monitoring systems, while they exposed their data collection systems and research methodologies.

A total of 11 working papers were presented by JIAAC and the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) on behalf of Argentina; the ICAO South American Regional Office and the Air Accident and Incident Research Group of Colombia (GRIAA – AIG). In addition, the results of the Flight of Instruction Working Group and the information obtained through the SDCPS (System of Collection and Processing of Safety Data) of the ARCM were discussed.

It also included a proposal to modify the Manual of Organization and Operation of the Mechanism, presented by the ICAO regional office, and studies on accidents and incidents in both training flights and agricultural aviation.

Closing remarks were given by Paulo Soares Oliveira, Director of the Technical Team Office of Embraer; David Zwegers, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of Airbus; and Mario Colavita, Security Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The  regional meeting agenda was completed on Friday 5th, with the presentation of the ARCM in the Air Sector Forum 2030 – 2.1 Air Accident Investigation, organized by Aerocivil, which took place in the Aula Magna of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana based in Medellin.


Argentina reelected

As part of the scheduled activities, the election of the chairmanship of the ARCM executive committee was held for a new period of 3 years. After the vote by the representatives of the States present, it was resolved to renew that mandate for Argentina, which has been exercising it since 2015.

Pamela Suárez, president of the Civil Aviation Accident Investigation Board (JIAAC) highlighted the importance of international cooperation in an increasingly globalized system such as civil aviation. “The challenges are not individual in each country,” she said, since “the improvements to the system to which the research must contribute are meaningless in a ‘frontier in’ project.

“The challenge is to look at the process of accident investigation beyond their individual potential,” he continued, urging countries to “combine the power of research with data intelligence (Data Intelligence) to contribute proactively” to the improvement of Operational Safety.


Seminar of South American investigators in Lima

From September 3rd to 7th there was an important meeting at the ICAO Regional Office in Lima, Peru, between investigators representing the 13 South American States. Its aim was to analyze from different perspectives the most common factors related to accident and incident investigation.

The Seminar of investigators from the South American Region was conducted in 5 consecutive days of 7-hour sessions, with presentations given by Alexandre Lima Prado on behalf of the ICAO Lima office as well as discussion forums, group work, and conclusions formed about the topics dealt with in each session.

The first day was aimed solely at introducing the seminar and talks given by representatives of each State.  Tuesday focused on the following topic: “Accidents – a look into Management;” Wednesday’s topic was:  “The use of specialists – Is it necessary training?” and Thursday focused on the “Accident Response Plan.”

Finally, on Friday 7th September, there were presentations on:

International Airports – Information gathering

Fatigue: Is it possible to measure it?

ECCAIRS – Standardization of information.

Investigators Claudio Lavirgen, Regina Subia and Carlos Aguirre participated on behalf of Argentina.  (picture)

The General Director of the ICAO South American Regional Office Fabio Rahnemay Rabbani was in charge of closing the event.

First Safety Recommendation of the ARCM

Included in the final report of the IV Meeting AIG / SAM-4. It aims to mitigate the number of accidents or incidents included in the category “Track Excursion” (RE – Runway Excursion), in a harmonized manner for all the States of the region.

The first Comprehensive Safety Recommendation (RSO) for all the States of the SAM region proposes to “generate and / or intensify appropriate actions in the stages of training and instruction” among its air service operators.

The proposal arose as a result of the work carried out by an ad hoc multinational group, presented as NE 11 at the recent AIG-SAM / 4 meeting in Brasilia, Brazil. The “track excursion task force” of the ARCM analyzed the totality of events included in this category during 2016, as reported by all the countries of the SAM Region.

The general RSO of the ARCM indicates that “States must promote mitigation measures to generate and / or intensify adequate training and instruction among their air service operators during the initial or recurrent training stage, which allows crews to identify and act on the variables that make up the triggers of a RE. Emphasizing that in the instruction be taken into account the particular analyzes of the airports where the flights and types of aircraft are made“.



In the framework of the South American AIG Regional Cooperation Mechanism (ARCM), and as part of the 2016 Training Programme,  the “ADREP (Accident and Incident Reporting Systems)/ECCAIRS Systems Workshop” is taking place from 19 to 23 September 2016 at the headquarters of the ICAO South American Regional Office in the city of Lima (Peru). It has the participation of more than thirthy representatives of the South American and Caribbean States, including the following:

the Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

One of the objectives of the ARCM is to incorporate the AIG Authorities of the SAM Region to the ARCM SDCPS (Safety Data Collection and Processing System). The SDCPS is a regional database of South American aircraft accidents and incidents.

The instructors from the ICAO South American Regional Office and JIAAC Argentina must provide support to the States in the implementation of a database with reactive information (accidents, serious incidents and incidents) facilitating information exchange in the Region.


In the framework of the AIG Regional Cooperation Mechanism (ARCM) and as part of the Training Programme for 2016, the First ADREP/ECCAIRS (Accident and Incident Reporting Systems) Workshop was held from 25 to 29 July 2016 at the headquarters of the National Civil Aviation and Aviation Infrastructure Directorate (DINACIA) of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. The workshop had instructors from the ICAO South American Regional Office and JIAAC Argentina.

The main goal of the workshop is to incorporate the AIG Authority from Uruguay into the ARCM SDCPS (Safety Data Collection and Processing Systems). The SDCPS is an aviation accident and incident regional database of South America.

Other goals are to advise the technology staff to implement a State safety database and train DINACIA officials about the use of the tool.

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First Accident Investigators Workshop-ARCM

The First Accident Investigators Workshop was held in the ARCM framework the last 20 to 24 June 2016 at ICAO headquarters in Lima. Investigators´ representatives of the following States attended the workshop:  

Argentina- Bolivia- Colombia- Chile- Panama- Paraguay- Peru





Agenda: First Accident Investigators Workshop-ARCM


 20 to 24 June 2016


Víctor Andrés Beláunde 147- Centro Empresarial Real- Torre 4, San Isidro- Lima, Peru.



Multinational Investigator Workshop


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Third AIG Authorities Meeting of South America



Agenda Item 1 - ARCM implementation progress
Agenda Item 2 - Review and signature of the AIG Cooperation Agreement among the ARCM States

AIG Cooperation Agreement proposal among the ARCM States

Agenda Item 3 - AIG regulations review

Proposals for the amendment of the AIG State regulation

Proposals for the amendment of LAR 113

Agenda Item 4 - ARCM AIG procedures manual review

Proposals for the amendment of the ARCM accidents and incidents investigation procedures manual

Agenda Item 5 - ARCM AIG training programme review

Proposals for the amendment of the ARCM AIG training programme

Agenda Item 6 - ARCM Safety data collection and processing system (SDCPS) procedures review

Proposal on procedures for the implementation of the ARCM safety data collection and processing system (SDCPS).

Agenda Item 7 -   Investigation of non-serious incidents

Role of the organizations involved in the investigation of non-serious incidents

Agenda Item 8 - 2016 ARCM activities programme approval

2016 ARCM activities programme proposal

Agenda Item 9 - South American ARCM multinational investigator certification

South American ARCM multinational investigator certification manual proposal

Agenda Item 10 - Otros issues

ARCM web page proposal review

ARCM logo proposal review

ARCM Executive Committee meetings venue proposal

Presentation of the ARCM organization and planning manual

Presentation of the ARCM accidents and incidents investigation policies and procedures manual