Ministry claims air safety improvement
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation today wrote International Civil Aviation Organisation that Nepal has been working hard to improve air safety standards in recent months.
A letter dispatched today also claimed that the ministry has been taking slew of corrective measures in improving air safety standards.
The letter addressed to ICAO secretary general Raymond Benjamin also informed him of latest improvement in flight safety and operation its standards.
The ICAO chief executive had on August 5 sought details on reform measures taken in the aviation sector to address the significant safety concerns.
In his written letter to tourism and civil aviation minister Bhim Acharya Benjamin had sought detailed progress on reforms in the aviation sector in recent days.
The ministry has also requested the ICAO for onsite inspection, if it further wants to re-verify the member state’s claims, joint secretary at the ministry Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane said, adding that CAAN has also informed the ICAO that licences were being issued following due procedures.
Lamichhane – who heads the air safety division at the ministry – also said the ministry hopes that its reply would satisfy Montreal-based UN agency that codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth.
Nepal has recruited qualified and experienced pilots rated on the certain aircraft types being operated by the Air Operator’s Certificate holders,” the letter read, adding that Flight Operation’s Inspectors have also been trained by experts. "A renowned training institute in Spain SENASA trained airline operators on-the-job for the certification."
The re-certification process was carried out only after conducting five-phase training programme for airline code for Flight Operations Internationals,” according to the letter.
The ministry has also informed ICAO that the certification process was according to the first edition of ICAO Air Operator Certification and Surveillance Handbook.