In many places around the world, aviation is the only means of transport to locations in both remote or hostile regions. We see this often in the Resource sector with remote mine sites in mountainous or desert environments. Some locations have a 20-minute flight with the only alternate being an 8 hour or more route in a truck or bus on a very poor track with significant security concerns.
The humanitarian community also finds themselves with operations in some of these remote or hostile situations to deliver aid, which means the safety and continuity of the aviation service within these regions is of critical importance.
The Flight Safety Foundation works with a number of agencies in delivering aviation safety related training or information in many different locations.
Nepal has suffered a number of accidents in recent years and the World Food Program (WFP) in conjunction with the Airline Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has been running an Aviation Safety Conference and workshop for 5 years now. This month, through our support of WFP, the Foundation presented on runway safety and risk management for the Nepal Aviation Safety Conference. Over 160 attendees from nearly every AOC holder in Nepal attended the three-day conference and workshop showing their dedication to find ways of improving the safety of operations in the country.
The staff and board members of the Foundation often assist WFP and the safety initiatives around the world. Thanks to our colleagues at WFP for the opportunity of making a difference in Nepal.
Managing Director, BARS Program