CASSOA PROJECTS

Aviation Examination System

The EAC civil aviation examination system is an initiative launched in May 2014 and which aims to establish a common computerised personnel licensing examination system for aviation professionals in the region including pilots, flight engineers, aircraft maintenance engineers, air traffic controllers and flight operations officers.

The overall goal of this initiative is to improve the safety of civil aviation within the region through harmonisation of examination questions for aviation personnel. The system, which is a first for a regional economic community on the continent, is targeted to have a databank of 20,000 questions.

CASSOA is the host of the examination system, procured from LPLUS GmbH of Germany, while the Partner States will provide the bulk of the examination questions to populate the examinations bank. The Agency also coordinates several working groups responsible for validating and uploading questions into the central repository.

It is expected that the system will equal or supersede that used in Europe in terms of scope, diversity of exams provided and the interface to other working tools currently used to facilitate issuance of licences and certificates.

 

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Centre For Aviation Medicine(CAM)

The Regional Centre for Aviation Medicine was borne of the need for civil aviation authorities of EAC Partner States to access an aviation medicine facility that complies with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Medical Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The core function of the Centre is aeromedical safety oversight.

The Partner States acknowledged the need for the Centre after taking part in ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) where a number of shortcomings in the implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) were noted and a recommendation was consequently made for the formation of the Regional Aviation Medicine Centre of Excellence code-named the CENTRE for AVIATION MEDICINE (CAM).

The Board of CASSOA at its 23rd Meeting held 5th-6th August 2013 in Zanzibar approved the resumption of the operations of the CAM whose interim location is the CASSOA headquarters in Entebbe, Uganda.

Functions of the CAM

  • Evaluate and ensure conformity or compliance with ICAO Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and the EAC Regulatory Provision of the Partner States in the field of aviation medicine.
  • Carry a Skills audit and develop a databank of Designated Medical Examiners in the region and aviation medicine by arranging basic, advanced and refresher training programmes.
  • Establish a process for continous review and update of the medical aspects of CAA (Personnel Licensing) Regulations to keep abreast with ICAO SARPs changes.
  • Develop an appeal system for dissatisfied license holders.
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Concept Paper for Establishment of Regional Aviation Medicine Centre in the EAC

Partner States of the East African Community (EAC) have previously taken part in the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).  This identified a number of short-comings in the implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).  As a result there has been an acknowledgement of the need for the Civil Aviation Authorities of the Partner States to have access to an Aviation Medicine Centre that complies with ICAO medical SARPs.  The Civil Aviation Authority Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA) of the EAC decided that a study was required to guide its determination on the feasibility of such a Centre.  It was intended that this study should seek the views of stakeholders from across the region and it was agreed that ICAO would sponsor a Medical Consultant from out with the region to undertake the study.

The Terms of Reference of the study were produced by CASSOA and a consultant qualified and experienced in Aviation Medicine was contracted from the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority.  Stakeholder meetings took place in each of the Partner States with the exception of Burundi.   A review was undertaken of the legal framework within the region with regard to aeromedical certification.  The current practices in the region were reviewed with the specific focus on areas of practice that had been subject to USAOP findings.  A comparison was made of practices in other countries outside the region where the medical certificatory process is ICAO compliant.  From this work a number of options are presented that could enable Partner States to comply with ICAO medical SARPs and a more detailed illustration has been provided for the option that was felt to be most feasible from discussions with stakeholders.
ANNEX I Concept Paper for Establishment of Regional Aviation Medicine Centre in the EAC

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CASSOA Congratulates Uganda CAA on 25th Anniversary

The Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda, CAA (U), marked its 25th Anniversary with all the magnitude it deserved on the 8th December, 2016. The CAA (U) was actually established by an Act of Parliament in October 1991, however, management planned to bring the silver jubilee anniversary celebrations closer to those of the International Civil Aviation Day – 7th December, 2016.

During the dinner hosted by CAA (U) in celebration of the silver jubilee, the Managing Director and CEO of CAA (U) gave an abridged overview of the achievements of the Authority during the span of 25 years of its existence. During the same occasion, a Uganda Tourism promotional film was launched.

Some of the invited guests during the CAAU dinner to celebrate 25 years of existence

Some of the invited guests during the CAAU dinner to celebrate 25 years of existence

The celebrations were graced by the Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Monica Azuba Ntege, and the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu, among the other invited dignitaries and stakeholders. CASSOA was represented during these celebrations.

CASSOA congratulates the Board, management and staff of CAA (U) on their 25th Anniversary.

CASSOA

December 2016

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Concept Paper for Establishment of Regional Aviation Medicine Centre in the EAC

The African Association of Aviation Training Organisations (AATO) was established in October 2015 and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia offered to host it. One of the main objectives for the establishment of AATO was the standardisation of acceptable and approved training syllabuses for the aviation Approved Training Organisations in Africa.

AATO held a successful General Assembly in Kampala which drew participants from all continents of the world. AATO, like any regional or international organisation, is steadily growing but with challenges. It was therefore prudent that on 21st December 2016 the Regional Director of the ICAO Eastern and Southern Africa office (ESAF), Mr. Barry Kashambo, and the Executive Director for CASSOA, Mr. Robert Nviiri, used the opportunity of the LOC-I and UPRT workshop which was held at the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy to pay a courtesy call on the AATO Secretary General – Ms. Margaret Kyarwenda.

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The AATO Secretary General, Ms. Margaret Kyarwenda

The RD ICAO ESAF and ED CASSOA shared with the Secretary General of AATO experience of regional international organisations, which experience would come handy in her task of running her important office. In her remarks, the AATO Secretary General thanked the two executives for the brotherly technical assistance. She also gave them a brief overview of the organisation’s programmes and experience of the period AATO has been in operation.

CASSOA

22nd December 2016

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