Success of first Latin Americas Aviation Safety Symposium
Baines Simmons Americas joined forces with CORPAC (Peruvian Corporation of Commercial Airports and Aviation Inc) to host the first Latin Americas Aviation Safety Symposium at CORPAC Headquarters in Lima, Peru in November 2011.
Attended by more than 60 regulators and operators representing 17 organisations from four countries in the South American region, the one-day symposium facilitated dialogue on the topic of integrating Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) into Safety Management Systems (SMS). The presentations and panel sessions were designed to highlight the specific capabilities and needs of aviation organisations across Latin America.
Speakers at the first Latin Americas Safety Symposium, from left to right: Baines Simmons Americas South American representative, Raul Castillo; Chris Hallman, Baines Simmons Americas Director and Freddy Nunez, Peruvian DCAG SMS Manager.
Some of the unique operating challenges that arose during the substantive discussions included high-elevation operations, multi-leg and multi-mission operations by the same crew and the rapid growth of all types of aviation services in the region. There was wide recognition that this growth sometimes threatens to outpace support and safety infrastructure. Consideration was also given to the need for harmonisation of aviation regulations with civil laws to facilitate open event reporting.
As well as contributions from Baines Simmons-Americas’ principals, Jerry Allen and Chris Hallman, highlights included presentations by Fredy Nunez from the Peruvian Directorate General for Civil Aviation DGAC and Maria Eugenia Morales of Peruvian Airlines. Lively debate was generated by the panel discussions led by the Baines Simmons experts teamed with representatives from regulators and air carriers from the region.
“We were delighted to see representation from the whole spectrum of aviation organisations – from air carriers to government aviation regulators and from air traffic control to MRO and the military,” says Jerry Allen, managing director of BSA. “All attendees gained valuable insight from the formal and informal discussions that took place at the event.”
“We were very impressed by the enthusiasm and vigorous questioning in the dialogue around fatigue risk management during the symposium,” commented Chris Hallman, director of BSA. “The attendees, whether government, air carrier or other aviation professionals, all demonstrated a keen interest in managing the operational risk presented by fatigue.”
Raul Castillo, BSA South American representative stated: “We clearly advanced awareness and dialogue on the importance of an integrated approach to managing fatigue as a vital aspect of SMS. We felt that the National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) attending the symposium came away with a commitment to better engage their operators on FRMS policy and integration.”
As a result of the success of this event, BSA has been invited to participate in upcoming meetings and working groups by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) South American region to help formulate FRMS policy and means of compliance with impending rules.