Nepal, which has witnessed a number of air crashes, launched an awareness campaign today seeking to enhance the level of air safety by imparting training to airlines staff. A three-day aviation safety campaign took off in Nepal on Sunday bringing in aviation authorities, decision makers, aviation professionals and airlines operators to discuss and recommend key actions to meet a common objective of reducing aviation-related risks in the Himalayan country.
The campaign is jointly organized at Park Village Resort by World Food Programme (WFP) Aviation Safety Unit, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) in support of General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), UAE and Pratt & Whitney Canada, a Canada-based aircraft engine manufacturer.
Authority persons from media group and various aviation related organization along with CAAN’s Director General, NAC Managing Director Mr.Sugat Ratna Kansakar along with higly ranked delegates’ from Aviation field are the attendees for the seminar at Budhanilkantha based hotel.
“The main objective of this campaign is to promote aviation safety culture in Nepal,” said WFP Regional Aviation Safety Officials. “We are bringing international expertise from different locations, with solid knowledge in the Aviation Industry and experiences from various international aviation organizations. We aim to provide safety information and ways to reduce risks associated with air operation in order have safe and reliable passenger and cargo services in the event of humanitarian crises.”
Around 200 participants from aviation industry are learning about Aviation safety concerns, Root Cause Analysis, Flight Data Analysis, Human Factors and Risk Management with human factor, Air Side/ Ramp safety and others.
Nepal’s rugged terrain and lack of infrastructure pose a significant challenge to delivering food to the needy in the remote corners of the country.
“In a country like Nepal, air transport is the fastest and safest way to deliver food and relief materials during a humanitarian disaster. That’s why we place a great focus on aviation safety in order to ensure a swift response in coordination with the local stakeholders and air operators,” said WFP Officer.
“The aviation safety campaign is part of an evolving WFP which does not just deliver food assistance, but also puts emphasis on building partnerships with the government and other partners in order to share expertise and develop capacities in the field of aviation,” added Officials.
According to CAAN, the Nepal Aviation Safety Campaign (NASC) organized in June 2017, May 2013 and June 2014 were very effective in creating safety awareness among the Nepalese civil aviation stakeholders. NASC has emerged as a common platform for all the stakeholders of civil aviation where they get an opportunity to share and interact with international aviation experts on latest trends in global civil aviation, issues of safety concerns and appropriate ways to address such issues.
The Aviation Safety Campaign in Nepal has become major annual event of the airlines and aviation industry. It is a collaborative effort of the industry shown their dedication and commitment on Aviation Safety by raising further awareness of the importance of aviation safety and to enhance the skills and knowledge of the technical personnel involved. Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) with close cooperation and coordination with WFP-ASU and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has successfully completed Aviation Safety Campaign in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.