Safety audit: Dana Air begins preliminary training
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.