familiarization workshops for the media . This will help gain public appreciation of the international regulatory requirements through informed reporting. Better public appreciation may help create parliamentary priority for adequate safety oversight. Data and Analysis. With the use of data will assist in improving political understanding and justification for allocation of scarce resources. Very little information is available on the extend to which African aviation departments and authorities harvest comprehensive safety data other than accident statistics. Safety data management and analysis have helped identify safety trends around the globe. They can be highly efficient in predicting where action is best taken to prevent incidents and accidents.However, data-driven safety management has not yet influenced aircraft operations in Africa on a large scale. Working toward a common collection of safety data will allow the detection of meaningful safety trends and eventually prevent incidents and accidents.However, data-driven safety management has not yet influenced aircraft operations in Africa on a large scale. Working toward a common collection of safety data will allow the detection of meaningful safety trends and eventually prevent incidents from developing into accidents. In most African countries, the practice will require a change in legislation to give aviation safety professionals sufficient confidence in the proper use of the data they provide. The legislators have to be educated about nonpunitive data collection to be able to strike a delicate balance between protection of aviation professionals in the interest of safety and criminalization of accident investigations if there is a case to answer. However, such data can also assist in building a rationale for devoting adequate resources to a CAA.Figures and graphs make it is easier to explain safety needs to key political players who have little aviation background. They may make clear to people outside the industry the added value of a competent CAA.In that manner, such data may help build a case for a restricted civil aviation authority or a transition to a regional safety oversight organization. Role of ICAO. A related challenge for the international aviation community is to produce publications that make all this more or less self-evident. Plain-language leaflets will have to describe why a regional oversight organization or an independent civil aviation authority can better take care of safety oversight then a politicized government department. ICAO itself is being restructured into an organization that will focus on implementation of its standards. The African region can benefit from such standards-implementation assistance. The ICAO Africa Comprehensive Implementation Plan (ACIP) offers good prospects for a coordinated approach. Important work is being done in cooperation with the industry Safety Strategy Group on implementing the Global Aviation Safety Roadmap. The implementation of ACIP will provide a thorough test of whether ICAO can effectively executive its new implementation role.
Anthony Juma is the Editor and Senior Aviation Director at Wings Over Africa Aviation.
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