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Abu Dhabi airport in 'aircraft incident' drill

By Staff

A full-scale emergency drill built on the scenario of an aircraft incident will play out at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport tomorrow, January 22, 2014.

Abu Dhabi Airports has made the public aware through adverts in local dallies today that the Al Bateen Executive Airport will be closed for the full-scale emergency exercise during the day, and will return to normal operations after 5pm.

“The exercise will measure the preparedness of all relevant emergency response agencies and evaluate the emergency response capabilities and implementation strategies of Al Bateen Executive Airport,” the adverts said.

Response teams from various units including airport operations, security, fire and rescue services, police, and medical services will test their collective and coordinated response to emergencies, ensuring that any incident at the airport is managed effectively and immediately, Abu Dhabi Airports said in a press statement.

The drill is being conducted in accordance with Civil Aviation Regulations issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority, and in compliance with standards and recommendations as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Industry leaders to gather in Dubai for Second Aviation Safety Culture Summit Keeping on the aviation security theme, more than 300 international representatives will assemble in Dubai on February 3-4, 2014, for the second Aviation Safety Culture Summit.

Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Emirates Group, security, safety and operations leaders of industry organisations worldwide will come together in Dubai for the second Aviation Safety Culture Summit to be held next month.

Hosted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and organised by Streamline Marketing Group, the summit will run from February 3-4, 2014, in Dubai. The event will attract more than 300 local and international stakeholders from regulatory authorities, airlines, airport operators, aircraft manufacturers, pilot associations, safety organisations and air traffic control service providers to discuss key strategies and challenges in improving safety culture across the industry.

The two-day summit will comprise panel discussions covering a range of topics, including initiatives that are currently in place to improve aviation safety. The sessions will focus on how to develop a global aviation safety plan, how to improve co-operation between partners in the industry and the importance of developing the necessary human capital and creating training programmes to create a safety culture among the workforce.

“Safety is the number one priority for air transport and aviation is the safest means of transport,” said Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, Director General at the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. “To continue this lead and ensure air transport continues to play a major role in driving sustainable economic and social development, collaboration and sharing of best practice, is required among all partners of the industry.’’

“The first edition of The Aviation Safety Culture Summit proved its success as a strategic global platform for industry leaders to discuss safety issues and find ways of collaboration. The agenda for the upcoming event has been built around the results from the first edition,” he added.

 The summit will also comprise four sessions focusing on areas including adapting and implementing international safety culture best practices for local workforces and implementing systems to manage human error effectively and to avoid future accidents. Applying diverse perspectives on culture in an aviation environment and understanding the benefit of technology as a catalyst for improving safety in the aviation industry will also be areas for discussion.

The event is sponsored by Honeywell, Boeing, AAL Group, dnata, Maximus Air, Chevron and Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and supported by AviAssist Foundation.