More than 185 safety professionals from 33 Asian
airlines and related industry stakeholders are gathered in Seoul,
South Korea this week for the Asia Pacific Aviation Safety Seminar
2018 (APASS 2018).
The event is organised by the Association
of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) and hosted by Asiana Airlines.
APASS 2018 will focus on key industry safety
priorities and discuss the challenges resulting from growth,
lessons to be learnt from mitigating commonly recognised risk
factors and the effective use of data in safety management.
two-day seminar includes practical workshops addressing specific safety
topics including human factors, decision making, fatigue, SMS
implementation and cabin safety, allowing participants to discuss
practical solutions, safety threats, and innovative solutions.
Welcoming delegates, Captain Yamamura Akiyoshi,
Senior Executive Vice President & CSO, Asiana Airlines said,
"Cooperation amongst airlines, and the cooperation between
airlines and the government are of the utmost importance for
safety, and for minimizing the impact of external environmental
changes. The theme "Team up for safety" for this AAPA Seminar
seems to be a very timely topic."
Keynote speaker Mr. Stephen Creamer, ICAO
Director of the Air Navigation Bureau said, "We have to continue
to work together to highlight the benefits of proactively sharing
safety information, and changes to ICAO Annex 19 will provide
additional safeguards regarding the use of such information ... Another benefit we
believe will arise from the shift to performance-based oversight
is the opportunity to innovate in environments that are facing
rapid growth or challenging airspace or airport configurations."
Delivering his opening remarks, AAPA Director
General Mr. Andrew Herdman said, "Flying today is extraordinarily
safe. On a daily basis, we are all collectively responsible for
the safety, security and welfare of 11 million travelling
passengers.This remarkable achievement is a direct result of good
teamwork, close cooperation and mutual trust between regulators,
airlines and other industry stakeholders. The travelling public
places a high degree of trust in our commitment to further enhance
the safety of air travel. We must continue to learn important
lessons from accidents and other safety related incidents, and the
growing volume of operational data, to improve our processes and
procedures and further enhance safety performance. Safety is an issue that
demands constant vigilance and the AAPA is fully committed to work
with regulators and other industry stakeholders to support the
initiatives and efforts that deliver further improvements across
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