WFP, GCAA plan aviation safety summit
Dubai, February 13, 2010
The World Food Programme (WFP) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), which oversees all aviation-related activities in the UAE, will organise a conference on aviation safety and hazard identification in Abu Dhabi.
The Line Operation Safety Audit (Losa) and Threat Error Management (TEM) Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi on March 15 and 16 at the Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel.
The conference, which will be held for the first time in the Middle East, is promoting the theme "Hazard identification in normal airline operations and tailoring LOSA and applying threat and error management".
Losa is an analytical tool and a formal process that requires experts and highly trained observers to ride the jump seat during regular scheduled flights in order to collect safety related data such as threats in the airline’s operations and design problems in the human-machine interface.
The conference targets representatives from all departments of the aviation industry, including operations, training, flight standards, safety departments and pilots.
“The premise for Losa stems from the recognition that even the most competent and skilful crew will make errors, either in response to threats in the operating environment or ‘unprompted’ errors,” said Samir Sajet, regional aviation safety officer for the WFP, the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.
“WFP aviation safety office is trying to introduce Losa as a workable predictive way of risk mitigation since it is recommended by international civil organisations and is part of safety management system implementation as a suitable hazard identification methodology,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service