Safety remains a key priority of the AAPA even as past efforts have yielded a steady improvement over the last decade for the region. Despite the progresses made, AAPA recognises that within the region there is still an apparent disparity in the levels of regulatory oversight in some countries and conversely varying levels of compliance by some operators – existing and new entrants.
To help overcome the challenges, there is an ongoing effort to enhance the information exchange mechanism among its members to enable lessons learnt, facilitate the sharing of best practices and design effective analytical tools to develop preventive measures. AAPA is intensifying its efforts to work closely with industry regulators across the region as well as their counterparts elsewhere in the world to reap the benefits of a shared information system.
Key issues currently addressed by AAPA are as follows:
- Ground Accident Prevention (GAP)
AAPA is working closely with the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) in order to determine the best way to develop and share comprehensive data on ground accidents. The collation and analysis of these data can then provide the group a better understanding of the GAP programme and its recommendations to address the identified issues.
- Bird Hazards
Through the ongoing information exchange, AAPA has been active in identifying airports with high rates of bird strike incidents based on the incident reporting of its member airlines. Working through the AAPA Bird Survey Team, AAPA carries out periodical surveys at identified airports and assess their wildlife hazard management programme as part of a large programme to promote communication, develop a dialogue and the sharing of best practices with the airport management.
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