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Korea provides Asian countries with aviation safety consulting

Source : Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs

Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs’ Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will provide technical consulting services in aviation safety oversight to Asia-Pacific countries beginning with Mongolia on 23 - 27 March 2009.  Mongolia’s civil aviation authority requested technical consultation from CASA after Korea received the highest safety standard compliance rating among 108 audited ICAO member states with final result of 98.82% in the ICAO USOAP (Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme) in order to benchmark Korea’s safety systems.  CASA formed a 4-member consultation team made up of legal, organization, air navigation, and airports experts.  Conducting a full review of Mongolia’s aviation safety systems to come up with practical methods for improvements, the team has been working very hard to provide constructive consultations.

With similar requests forthcoming from Philippines, Myanmar, Laos and other countries that are scheduled to undergo the ICAO USOAP soon, it is expected that the technical consultations to Mongolia will be the first of many to follow.  The consultations are very meaningful in that the Mongolian government is bearing the cost of the consultations which marks the turnaround point for Korea from a recipient of aviation safety technical assistance from other countries in the past to provider of technical assistance.

CASA will provide maximum assistance to requesting countries and contribute to the government’s efforts to enhance the national image of Korea in global community.  At the same time, CASA will continue to upgrade its safety oversight programmes to maintain its position as a model country in aviation safety.

* Press release (Apr. 1)

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