AIB set to review Civil Aviation Investigation Regulations 2006
The Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB is set to review the Civil Aviation Investigation of Air Accidents and Incidents Regulations 2006.
Billed to attend the review are the minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi and the minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika among other dignitaries.
The workshop, which is slated for Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016 in Lagos at the Westown Hotel, Opebi Link Road, behind Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja would also witness in attendance other top aviation stakeholders and professionals from the Ministry of Transportation, aviation agencies, airlines, concessionaires and private sector.
A statement issued in Lagos on Friday, February 19 by the Spokesman of AIB, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi said that industry professionals like revered aviation lawyer and immediate past President of Aviation Round Table, ART, Capt. Dele Ore and the managing director of Aeroconsut Limited, Engr. Babatunde Obadofin would also present papers that would usher in the new policy for accident investigation in the sector.
Apart from the duo, technical directors from AIB are expected to present papers while the chief executive officer, CEO, of the bureau, Dr. Felix Abali would present the welcome address.
Oketunbi stated that the review of the existing 2006 policy was pertinent in order for aviation industry in Nigeria to conform to the updated International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, Standards and Recommended Practices, SARPS.
The review became necessary in a bid for its policy to be in tandem with its counterparts around the world, he said.
According to Oketunbi, since the current policy, which was promulgated in November 2006 came into operations; there had been series of amendments to accident and incident investigation by ICAO especially to the Annex 13 of the convention.
He added that as one of the leading globally recognised aviation investigators, it could not operate in isolation of global standards and recommended practices.
The AIB spokesman emphasised that : “The management has noticed some gaps in the current regulations, which the new one will seek to address. We hereby requested relevant aviation stakeholders like airline operators, professionals, unions, oil companies operating within the sector, individuals with key interest in aviation Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, and the general public for their valuable contributions on the proposed amendment.
We are doing this in conformity with our regulation 22, which reads in part, ‘These regulations shall be amended from time to time to bring them into conformity with the provisions of ICAO Annex 13, any amendment thereto and the Civil Aviation Act.’”