Business News of 2014-03-10

ICAO launches new runway safety kit

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has released a new Runway Safety Implementation Kit (iKit) in line with its ongoing co-operative efforts to resolve what the number one priority remained for global aviation safety experts.

The kit was developed by the ICAO in collaboration with its runway safety programme partners.

The new iKit, which was made available to the Ghana News Agency on Friday by Sue-Ann Rapattoni, ICAO Communications Associate, consolidates many of the resources developed by the organisation and its partners in recent years, and included latest guidance updates.

Since its global runway safety symposium in May 2011, ICAO and these supporting agencies had delivered a range of helpful tools to assist states and operators, including updated runway safety international standards, centralised online resources, publication of the ICAO Runway Safety Team Handbook and 12 regional runway safety seminars.

The ICAO Runway Safety Programme is one of global aviations best examples of how collaborative efforts on behalf of the world’s states and leading aviation organisations can deliver practical, cost-effective results on the very complex, multidisciplinary challenges facing our sector, said ICAO Council President, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

ICAO and its partners in this area remain fully committed to delivering continuous improvement on global aviation safety results and to lowering runway-associated fatalities, he said.

In the near-term, ICAO and its partners would also be launching a Runway Safety GO-Team programme which would help establish focused runway safety teams at world airports as well as conducting further regional runway safety seminars in Africa and the Middle East.