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.
Authorities of member countries of the ARCM gathered at the South American office in Peru for the annual meeting on security management issues with leaders from the North America, Central America and the Caribbean (NACC) regions.
Under the slogan “The road towards achieving effective management of Operational Safety”, from Tuesday 13 to Friday, March 16, 2018, the Symposium SM2018 NACC and SAM took place at the ICAO SAM Regional Office in Lima, Peru. , which brought together authorities and representatives of aeronautical and research organizations from the two major regions of the continent: North America plus countries in the Caribbean and South America.
The meeting aimed to “provide participants with ideas on how to effectively implement the State Security Program” (SSP), including the development of action plans for their implementation in the regions; and “perform a supervision of the security management systems (SMS) of their service providers”.
The opening was in charge of the new Regional Director of the South American Office of ICAO, Fabio Faizi Rahnemay Rabbani, who shared the opening speeches with Julio Siu, Deputy Regional Director of the NAAC office, Catalin Radu, Deputy Director of the Navigation Bureau Aerial of ICAO and Juan Carlos Pavic Moreno, General Director of Civil Aeronautics of Peru.
The workshop was organized in 7 working groups, with a focus on the “current challenges in security management facing the international aeronautical community”. Among the authorities of AIG agencies of the ARCM, the National Director of Investigations of the JIAAC, Daniel Barafani, was told in Group Discussion 3 on “Promotion of operational safety”.
In the same panel was Rodolfo Pinto, Head of Airworthiness of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of Chile and Inspector of the Regional Cooperation System for Safety Oversight (SRVSOP), together with the Executive Director of ALTA, Luis Felipe De Oliveira and Juan Thomas, director of ASCA of the Dominican Republic.
In other working groups, different topics discussed included such as: “Benefits and challenges of the management of Operational Safety from the perspective of States and service providers”; the “Interaction between the State Operational Safety Program (SSP) and the Operational Safety Management System (SMS)”; “Protection of safety data, safety information and related sources”; as well as “Scalability”, “Change Management” and “Acceptance of SMS”.
Closing the week and within the framework of this symposium, sessions were held on topics such as “Protection of safety information” and “Acceptable level of performance in matters of Operational Safety (ALoSP)”.