KATHMANDU: A team of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) formally started audit of Nepal's aviation sector from July 4.
In an interaction with officials of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) in Kathmandu on the day, the two-member team of ICAO presented its mission and work schedule to the CAAN.
Captain Eugene Voundri and Aeronautical Engineer Edmund Bohland are in the ICAO's team.
Birendra Prasad Shrestha, the spokesperson for CAAN, told a website that ICAO team started its work from July 4 afternoon. “The team presented its work schedule for conducing audit of four areas of aviation safety -- aviation legislation, flight operations, personal licensing and air worthiness,” Shrestha said.
He said, “They will work till Friday, and compile all their study reports by Sunday.”
CAAN is hopeful that ICAO will remove Significant Safety Concern (SSC) tag given to Nepal after studying report prepared by the team.
Shrestha also said that many people have misunderstood the SSC tag. “SSC only indicates that our aviation sector needs to make improvement on safety aspects. It is not that our aviation sector is blacklisted by ICAO,” he said.
ICAO had given SSC tag to the Nepali aviation sector in 2013.
Shrestha also said that the Safety Management Division of CAAN has spared no effort to improve Nepal's air safety standards. “The division is extending full cooperation to the ICAO team,” he added.