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.
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.
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.