The implementation of a sustainable system is necessary to guarantee the level of aviation security in Aruba

ORANJESTAD - In September, work started to assess compliance with the Aruban aviation sector.

The ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) team has had several extensive sessions to review all laws, and current civil aviation processes, to identify areas for improvement.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) delegation visits the Department of Civil Aviation Aruba.The goal is for Aruba to be a leader in aviation throughout the Caribbean. To achieve this, the Ministry of Transport, along with the Department of Civil Aviation of Aruba, is committed to increasing the level of compliance with the ICAO standard.

ICAO experts and team with ANSA and Queen Beatrix Airport spent five intensive days studying the laws and processes that concern the Department of Civil Aviation.

They addressed the topics of airport security and certification process, air navigation, flight operations, and licensing, among others, and about guidance to and assistance on the above topics.

The Minister of Transport, Ursell Arends, visited the Department of Civil Aviation and met with the ICAO team. He received an interim summary of the evaluation and the state of play concerning the possible audit that will take place next year.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) delegation visits the Department of Civil Aviation Aruba.The ICAO team said it was positive about the progress of the process and how the team of professionals in the sector is working diligently to increase the security of civil aviation. They admire the efforts of the Department of Civil Aviation to implement a system that meets the international aviation standard.

The question of implementing the system is one thing, and the question of preserving the system is another. One area for improvement they pointed out was the system's sustainability, which they have yet to develop and implement. It may not only apply to the audit but should also include maintenance. The ICAO team indicated that the Department of Civil Aviation requires financial and human resources to maintain these standards.

These exercises are necessary and time-consuming. Therefore, it is essential to invest in capable professionals and retain them to maintain this system. Another point of attention is regulation, a safety manual that requires adjustment and reinforcement of legislation.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) delegation visits the Department of Civil Aviation Aruba.The potential audit will increase Aruba's international ranking and economic opportunities in the aviation sector. These are opportunities that the aviation sector in Aruba has been taking advantage of for some time.

The Aruban government and the Department of Civil Aviation are doing their best to realize this. It allows the Department of Civil Aviation to operate independently and be profitable, which ensures better aviation security for Aruba.

Minister Arends is very grateful to the ICAO team and the colleagues from Sint Maarten who also took part in the sessions that promote aviation safety in the Caribbean.

The ICAO visit to Aruba has made history as it was the first time the ICAO team was made up entirely of women. It is undoubtedly a historic moment for gender equality, diversity, and inclusion.

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