Mohibul Haque, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Air Vice Marshal M Naim Hasan, Chairman, CAAB and others seen with ICAO safety award
Mohibul Haque receiving the award in Montreal on Oct 9
Dhaka: Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has received the prestigious "ICAO Council President Certificate" from International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for its significant progress in aviation safety in 2017.
The award was received on behalf of CAAB by an official delegation led by Mohibul Haque, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, at the Air Navigation Conference in Montreal, Canada on October 9. Also present at the occasion was Air Vice Marshal M Naim Hassan, Chairman, CAAB.
ICAO awards Council President Certificate to member nations basically on the basis of results of ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme Continuous Monitoring Approach (USOAP CMA) activities, including audits, ICAO Coordinated Validation Missions (ICVMs) and off-site validation activities.
ICAO provides the award to civil aviation authority of different countries around the world every year in recognition of their excellent development, efficiency and professionalism of the aviation security system.
ICAO report states that Bangladesh has made significant progress in aviation safety during the last three years which helped nominate the country for the award.
In 2017, ICAO conducted universal oversight safety audit programme around the world where Bangladesh made tremendous progress in the audit report. CAAB got 76 points in the report which is higher than many Asian countries including neighbouring country India.
During the audit, ICAO checked eight indexes which are aerodromes, air navigation service, accident investigation, airworthiness, operations, licensing, organisation and legislation. Bangladesh has shown huge development in all perimeters. In every parameter, CAAB received more than average marks in the parameter set by ICAO.
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh with the help of British company Redline Aviation Security, made excellent upgradation on security system and air safety system at country's premier airport Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA).
Civil aviation authority installed Explosive Detective System (EDS) and Explosive Trace Detector (ETD) machines at HSIA Cargo Village area. The authorities also installed eight dual scanning machines for screening big baggage, 14 scanning machines for handbag screening, six liquid expulsive detection machines, nine under-vehicle scanning devices, five barrier gates with RFID card reader machines and dog squad to strengthen the security features at the airport.