THE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has achieved the highest ever rating for an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) safety audit.
The GCAA and UAE scored 98.86% - the highest award in the history of ICAO – following an intensive inspection in November, 2014. The result, described as “enormous and unprecedented” by aviation leaders in the region, places the UAE as the top country in the world in complying with international safety standards.
Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, GCAA Director General, spoke of his honour at achieving the milestone. He said: "It is an honour to obtain such an assessment result by the ICAO and to accomplish the best result worldwide. It could not have been done so without the clear vision supported by a strong will to excel and progress.”
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, welcomed the significant achievement and said the country had worked tirelessly to achieve the accolade. He added: “This global recognition comes as a result of persistent efforts for many years in order to reach this high position that the country deserves. The aviation sector in the UAE, with its superb infrastructure and services, has become hugely attractive and is qualified to play a key role in steering the global aviation industry.” He went on to praise the efforts of the staff of GCAA, and relevant authorities within the aviation safety sector, hoping the hard work and achievements will continue.
Ismaeil Al Blooshi, GCAA Assistant Director General of Aviation Safety Affairs, added: “For the UAE to score the highest in the world is testimony to our clear commitment to continue to strive in supporting and enhancing aviation safety services. The aviation safety affairs sector has worked tirelessly to profoundly implement a culture of safety locally and regionally.”
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy and Chairman of GCAA, welcomed the achievement by the UAE, represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and said: "Scoring first place in the world in aviation safety comes as a result of GCAA's hard work locally, regionally and internationally. Efforts and initiatives by the GCAA in deploying aviation safety culture have had a fundamental impact in the improvement that we are witnessing in the country.”
Gael and the GCAA have worked closely since 2010, and this ICAO achievement by the UAE’s civil aviation authority is the latest in several milestones in relation to aviation safety. In 2010 the governing body and Gael worked together to launch an electronic auditing system to make significant contributions to aviation safety and quality in the UAE. A year later, they teamed up again to improve air passenger safety with the GCAA becoming the first regulator in the world to adopt iPads to regulate safety performances of almost 800 operators and 600 registered aircraft.
Ashley Marron, Gael’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "The GCAA and Gael have enjoyed an extremely fruitful and close working relationship over the years, with both ambitious and innovative organisations joining forces to improve aviation safety levels in the UAE. Together we have pushed through boundaries and strengthened aviation safety in the region; this accolade for the GCAA is testament to their hard work and vision. We are proud to have played some part in the success of the GCAA and look forward to a prosperous and successful future with many more milestones to be achieved."
"Together we have pushed boundaries and strengthened aviation safety in the region; this accolade for GCAA is testament to their hard work and vision. We're proud to have played a part in their success and look forward to a prosperous and successful future."