AAPA: Runway Safety ALAR 2012
Airline safety professionals gathered today in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for an Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) workshop, jointly organised by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), and Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV). The workshop reviewed and discussed the latest ALAR toolkit and the potential risks that aircrew and airlines may encounter in their daily operations. The workshop further addressed the mitigation and training strategies needed to reduce such risks. The ALAR toolkit, an internationally recognized safety tool developed by the industry, can reduce the potential risks of accidents during approach and landing.
Welcoming delegates to the ALAR workshop, AAPA Technical Director Mr. Martin Eran-Tasker said, “Flying is already widely recognised as the safest form of travel, and AAPA is committed to further enhancing regional aviation safety performance. As a member of the Flight Safety Foundation we strongly support the use of safety management tools that assist airlines and other stakeholders to mitigate risk and improve safety performance.”
Mr. Eran-Tasker stressed, “In order to operationalise the ICAO global strategy to reduce major accidents, national airworthiness authorities, airlines, airports, and air navigation service providers are cooperating and collaborating in the establishment of Runway Safety Teams. Safety is a shared responsibility and we encourage all air carriers to review the ALAR toolkit recommendations and incorporate them within their established safety training programmes.”
Mr. Jim Burin, Director Technical Programs at FSF, said, “The FSF ALAR toolkit provides proven strategies and materials that will assist airlines in developing training programmes to significantly reduce the risk of approach and landing accident events.” He emphasised, “The risk of accidents on landing can be significantly reduced by the wider use of precision approaches and corresponding operational disciplines.”
Capt. Luu Hong Ha, General Safety Manager at Vietnam Airlines, said, “This seminar makes an important contribution towards improving air safety awareness.” He added, “We consistently look for ways to improve all aspects of the Safety Management System we have implemented within Vietnam Airlines, and very much welcome the opportunity to share information and experience with other international aviation safety experts.”