Ra­miz: “In­selAir air­craft gra­vey­ard”

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

WILLEMSTAD - The fleet of the Cu­ra­çao air­li­ne In­selAir is com­po­sed of 17 air­craft. Cur­rent­ly, they only ope­ra­te 4 of them. 12 of tho­se air­craft are ei­ther da­ma­ged or go­ing through hea­vy checks that in­stead of ta­king 45 days are ta­king months due to the lack of mo­ney. The­se air­craft are sim­ply thrown in a cor­ner of the air­port that is known as the ‘gra­vey­ard’. This gra­vey­ard ser­ves as wa­re­hou­se we­re parts, com­po­nents, en­gi­nes, and fu­sel­a­ge parts are re­mo­ved trying to keep the four ope­ra­ting air­craft fly­ing. This is ac­cor­ding to the avi­a­ti­on ex­pert Nel­son Ra­miz in a re­cent in­ter­view with Cu­ra­çAO CHRONICLE. The Cur­acao Ci­vil Avi­a­ti­on Aut­ho­ri­ty (CCAA) should be a con­cern when In­selAir grounds an air­craft and main­tai­nima­ge1-2 the air­craft in their Ope­ra­ti­on Spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on wit­hout the pro­per main­tenan­ce. An air­craft must be ei­ther in the flight li­ne, in the han­ger do­ing hea­vy main­tenan­ce wit­hout de­lays and in­ter­rup­ti­ons or in long and short stor­a­ge. This last one is when the air­craft is pre­ser­ved fol­lo­wing an ap­pro­ved stor­a­ge ma­nu­al ba­se. “In my ex­pe­rien­ce loo­king at the at­ta­ched pic­tu­res, the ma­jo­ri­ty of the­se air­craft are thrown the­re wit­hout the pro­per stor­a­ge pro­ce­du­res col­lec­ting cor­ro­si­on in a very ad­ver­se lo­ca­ti­on. We must re­mem­ber the proxi­mi­ty to the ocean,” said the avi­a­ti­on ex­pert.

The CCAA and the Govern­ment are fai­ling their over­sight obli­ga­ti­ons and this may af­fect the sa­fe­ty of In­selAir’s ope­ra­ti­ons to­day and in the fu­tu­re when and if so­me of the­se ‘im­pro­per­ly sto­red air­craft’ are put back in ope­ra­ti­on. This is my opi­ni­on,” said Ra­miz. Ra­miz al­so in­di­ca­ted that the CCAA and the Govern­ment must un­der­stand that their pri­ma­ry res­pon­si­bi­li­ty is to sa­fe­ty and an air­li­ne that has 70% of its fleets groun­ded is a danger and their cer­ti­fi­ca­te to ope­ra­te must be re­vo­ked.


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