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PNG boosts aviation safety investigation capability

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Papua New Guinea continues to strengthen aviation safety with 12 Papua New Guineans completing training to international standards in air accident reporting.

The training course, jointly run by the PNG Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) and the ATSB, covered the preparation of aviation accident and serious incident reports that meet international standards. The ATSB has been working closely with the PNG AIC to conduct a series of training courses for PNG citizens working in the aviation industry.

The Australian Government shares a partnership goal with PNG of improving aviation services to comply with international safety and security services. The 12 PNG aviation professionals from the public sector and from private aviation operators undertook a five-day course in air accident reporting that began on 10 February at the Air Nuigini Training Centre at Jackson’s Airport, Port Moresby.

Through the PNG Australia Transport Sector Support Program, Australia assists PNG to improve aviation through a diverse range of initiatives.

Conducted by a former ATSB Director, Alan Stray, the course explained International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements for accident and serious incident reporting. Through a series of practical examples, participants built their knowledge and skills to prepare accident and incident reports that meet international standards and support improvements in aviation safety in PNG.

The participants, including three women, worked hard and saw the challenging course as a boost to their career prospects. Ms Bessie Andrew of PNG Air Services said, ‘I was so pleased to see other women participants. Accident report writing requires attention to detail and well-developed analytical skills. I feel that this is a great career opportunity for women in PNG.

The Minister for Civil Aviation, the Hon Mr Davis Stephen recognised the training to ICAO standards and presented certificates in a ceremony on 14 February 2014.

Future training courses will cover Safety at Accident Sites and Aircraft Accident Investigation Fundamentals. 

Through the PNG Australia Transport Sector Support Program, Australia assists PNG to improve aviation through a diverse range of initiatives.

 

Course participants included public sector and private aviation operators

Australia assists PNG improve aviation safety

 

Ms Jean Mose, manager quality and safety at Airlines PNG, receives her certificate of completion from Civil Aviation Minister Steven Davies

PNG Civil Aviation Minister awards certificate of completion

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Last update 05 June 2014