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East African Community revises aviation examination system




James Karuhanga



The region’s aviation sector will soon be able to conduct efficient and impartial exams as well as significantly cut costs after the agency charged with inspection of aircrafts yesterday launched a new tool to that effect.



The new EAC aviation examination system, a harmonised scheme which is a data bank of aviation questions for pilots, aircraft engineers, flight engineers, among others, is seen as another major milestone for the bloc. This online system – which will not go online immediately before requisite tests are concluded – is the first of its kind on the continent.



It was launched by board members of the Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (Cassoa) who are in Kigali ahead of the third East African Community (EAC) aviation Summit that begins today, Friday.



 The Director General of Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCCA), Dr Richard Masozera, said “this is a very important day for the EAC” given that the new system will take the region’s industry a notch higher. Barry Kashambo, the Cassoa Executive Director, said the new system yet to undergo a testing phase of up to three months before actual operationalisation, is particularly important for the bloc’s integration agenda.



Aviation exams will not only be harmonised but will also be secured, officials said. The new system, officials said, will also beef up the implementation of the common aviation licensing system, and support the EAC common market protocol.



“The project started about two to three years ago and today is a very special day with regard to EAC integration. The EAC  will be second only to the EU to have such a harmonised aviation examination system,” Kashambo said.






The 3rd regional aviation symposium will be hosted by Rwanda




Statement from Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority


Objective of the Symposium


The East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA), in partnership with the EAC Partner States’ Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs – BCAA, KCAA, RCAA, TCAA and CAAU) will convene the third EAC aviation symposium, with a theme “Addressing Today’s Challenges: Aviation Safety and Security through Regional Integration, Regulatory Compliance and Stakeholder Participation” at Serena Hotel, Kigali on 9th May 2014. 


The objective of the Symposium is to provide an updated picture of the new regulatory framework to be implemented for the aviation industry at large. An outlook into the challenges posed for the sustainable development of civil aviation will be provided in relation to specific areas such as regional integration, regulatory compliance and stakeholder participation. 


Targeted Audience

The event is expected to attract a wide variety of experts from the aviation industry, civil aviation authorities, academics, and consultants. It is expected that the outcome of the interactive discussions taking place during the Symposium will provide valuable views from civil aviation stakeholders and assist in the implementation of the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), as provided for in the Chicago Convention and its 19 Annexes.


This Symposium is a “must attend” for government officials, civil aviation authorities, airlines, airports, air navigation service providers and organizations directly involved in supporting the aviation business such as tourism services providers, freight forwarders, law and consulting firms as well as academia. 




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