Intensive training for aviation officials

Two senior staff members of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands recently completed internationally recognized training courses offered by the Singapore Aviation Academy and the International Air Transport Association.

Jeremy Jackson, Director of Air Navigation Services Regulation, attended the SAA in Singapore and successfully completed the International Civil Aviation Organisation certificate course ‘Procedures for Air Navigation and Aircraft Operations Instrument and Flight Procedures Design,

In addition, Nicoela McCoy, Director of Commercial Affairs Regulation and Administration, successfully completed the IATA course ‘Managing Aviation Policy & Regulation,’ held in Miami, Florida, stated a press release.

Along with 25 other aviation experts from all over the world, Mr. Jackson engaged this intense and highly technical course for six weeks with a final examination for certification.

The course provided training in the theory and applications of the specifications stipulated by ICAO for the design and construction of Instrument Flight Procedures for aircraft arrivals and departures. Theory examinations were followed by practical laboratory design exercises which resulted in participants gaining valuable design experience.

Instructing the course was Mr. Ralph Sexton, former Chief of the Standards & Criteria Section, of the United States Federal Aviation Administration. He is currently a consultant supporting the US Satellite Program Office in flight testing, development of equipment performance standards, and development of instrument procedures criteria and operational specifications.

In addition, guest lecturer Erwin Lassooij, Technical Officer (Operations/Airworthiness) with ICAO and Secretary of the ICAO Obstacle Clearance Panel, interacted with the group.

Mr. Jackson commented, ‘The experience gained from attending such a course will definitely have a positive regulatory impact on the design and approval of aircraft instrument approaches for airports in the Cayman Islands.’

Balancing the regulatory focus at the CAACI with a business perspective, Mrs. McCoy attended, and passed with a ‘distinction,’ the IATA course ‘Managing Aviation Policy and Regulation,’ which focused on the economic regulatory regime of a civil aviation authority.

The course emphasized changes to the global aviation environment and served to identify roles and responsibilities for the economic regulator as national governments focus on varying objectives for their aviation industry.

International case studies were cited as examples to identify economic regulatory regimes that have succeeded and others that have not done so well given their cultural, political and environmental situation.

‘This course delivered practical ‘how-to’ knowledge for the CAACI as pertains to the development of airport and airline regulatory policy,’ remarked Mrs. McCoy. ‘It also identified key principles which can serve as the foundation as to how economic regulations are devised and implemented for the Cayman Islands’ aviation industry’.

Attending the course along with Mrs. McCoy were civil aviation and government representatives from Barbados, Mongolia, Mauritius, Namibia and Panama.

‘We are very proud of the achievements of Mrs. McCoy and Mr. Jackson,’ said Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Richard Smith.

‘With continued training and exposure at these highly recognised aviation institutions, the CAACI strives to ensure the safety of aviation in these islands and to conduct our regulatory processes professionally.’

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