New CAA Search And Rescue Regulations Target Increased Stakeholder Participation.

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With the ever growing and dynamic aviation industry, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has embarked on the process of reviewing and updating the search and rescue regulations (SARs) with a major objective of sensitizing and getting feedback from the different stakeholders, agencies and institutions that play a vital role in search and rescue services as contained in ICAO Annex 12.

While addressing the opening of a search and rescue and construction of instrument flight procedures stakeholders’ workshop held in Entebbe on Wednesday, CAA Deputy Managing Director Fred Bamwesigye disclosed that the review and update process of the search and rescue regulations will require adding modern content that is in line with the dynamism of the aviation industry.

“We (CAA) must be sensitive to technological development and new innovations because today’s careers are bigger than what they used to be therefore the number that would be affected would be more compared to what we have been handling in the past. Aviation cannot work alone; we therefore need stakeholders’ participation because we in the Aviation industry cannot assume that we know everything especially in areas we aren’t normally in-charge”, Bamwesigye explained.

Bamwesigye added;

As a regulator, CAA is obliged to actively engage with key stakeholders to get the necessary feedback on the draft national requirements before they are promulgated into Civil Aviation Regulations. ICAO raised the need for effective collaboration among states and other stakeholders to facilitate a coordinated, transparent and proactive approach to safety. This strategic collaboration with key aviation stakeholders will continue to promote and enhance aviation safety in a coordinated manner.

Bamwesigye also disclosed that CAA is also safeguarding the health of all users of the airport and aerodromes in Uganda. It is for this reason that in liaison with the ministry of health, Thermoscans have been installed at the Airport for compulsory screening of all passengers to guard against the threat of Ebola at Entebbe International Airport (EIA) and other border aerodromes in the country.

Agnes Aguma, the Air Traffic Management Inspector stressed that search and rescue affect everyone and the major objective is to sensitize key stake holders on search and rescue regulations which are being developed as well as to get comments from the stakeholders because the regulations are implemented by the stakeholders.

“Search and Rescue involves different stakeholders such as ministry of local government, Police, Military, Humanitarian agencies such as Red Cross, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), National Forestry Authority (NFA), local authorities and Beach Management units (BMUs), Uganda National Meteorology Authority (UNMA). The search and rescue committee that has been established comprises of the military, police, local government, Beach Management Units (BMUs), Uganda National Meteorology Authority (UNMA), Ministry of Works and Transport and office of the Prime Minister”, Aguma explained.

Meanwhile, Jane Kanyunyuzi, the Acting CAA Director Safety, Security and Economic Regulation revealed that currently the national requirement on search and rescue are covered in CAA Air Navigation Services Regulations 2014 and also in the manual of Air Navigation Services Standards however she revealed that it doesn’t provide the required environment for the over sight search and rescue.

“Currently the national requirement on search and rescue are covered in CAA Air Navigation Services Regulations 2014 and also in the manual of Air Navigation Services Standards however it doesn’t provide the required environment for the over sight of search and rescue hence the need to have separate Regulations on search and rescue which will go a long way in addressing one of the critical elements of the state safety oversight system as defined by ICAO”, Kanyunyuzi explained.

The two-day stakeholder workshop will also discuss regulations regarding the construction of instrument flight procedures which are geared towards ensuring the published flight path of Aircrafts in Uganda’s Airspace and aerodromes are safe and clear of obstacles.

Credit: Entebbe News

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