Safety au­dit: Dana Air be­gins pre­lim­i­nary train­ing

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Chris Agabi, La­gos

Dana Air has com­menced an im­ple­men­ta­tion train­ing ini­tia­tive as part of the pre­lim­i­nary process to pre­pare the air­line for the IATA Op­er­a­tional Safety Au­dit (IOSA).

The IOSA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is one of the high­est global avi­a­tion safety stan­dards.

The IOSA is an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cepted eval­u­a­tion sys­tem de­signed to as­sess the op­er­a­tional man­age­ment and con­trol sys­tems of air­lines. IOSA uses in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­ity au­dit prin­ci­ples, con­duct­ing au­dits in a stan­dard­ised and con­sis­tent man­ner world­wide.

Last year, the Abuja Dec­la­ra­tion by the states of the African Union man­dated that all African air­lines should achieve IOSA sta­tus by 2015. The to­tal ac­ci­dent rate for IOSA car­ri­ers in 2012 was 77 per­cent lower than the rate for non-IOSA oper­a­tors.

Dana Air is one of ten air­lines ben­e­fit­ing from the IOSA im­ple­men­ta­tion train­ing ini­tia­tive that is 100 per cent funded by In­ter­na­tional Air­line Train­ing Fund (IATF), a non-profit foun­da­tion whose pur­pose is to bridge the train­ing gaps for air­lines in re­gions of the world where it is most needed, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on im­prov­ing safety.

The first stage of the im­ple­men­ta­tion train­ing is a gap anal­y­sis work­shop, the first of three ses­sions over the next year, that will give Dana Air a greater un­der­stand­ing of their short­com­ings in re­la­tion to the IOSA stan­dards and rec­om­mended prac­tices (ISARPs) and pro­vide guid­ance and tools to es­tab­lish ac­tion plans to­wards ISARPs im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Speak­ing on Dana Air’s com­mit­ment to­wards achiev­ing a list­ing on the IOSA di­rec­tory in line with the African Union man­date, the Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Mr. Yvan Drewin­sky, noted that Dana Air is res­o­lute in ad­her­ing to glob­ally recog­nised safety stan­dards and its com­menc­ing pre­lim­i­nary train­ing for the IOSA process con­firmed the pre­mium the air­line placed on safety.

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