AFCAC Team Briefs SLCAA on Technical Assistance Mission

Tuesday 13th August, 2019

A two-man delegation from the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) has briefed the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) on the AFI-Cooperative Inspectors Scheme (AFI-CIS) mission to Sierra Leone.

The mission which is fully supported by the European Union-Africa Safety in Aviation (EU-ASA) is set to increase the Effective Implementation (EI) target to 60% for Airworthiness, Flight Operations and Personnel Licensing.

The objective of the mission is to review the Authority’s relevant protocol questions (PQs), provide SLCAA with safety oversight procedures and technical guidance material (TGM) for certification, licensing and surveillance activities in the areas of Flight Operations (OPS), Personnel Licensing and Airworthiness.

Briefing SLCAA, the AFCAC Safety Expert, James Danga said Sierra Leone is the first to benefit from the EU-ASA project. He maintained that the mission was to help Sierra Leone achieve 60% Effective Implementation in highlighted areas. 

“The EU-ASA supports African states to improve their Effective Implementations (EIs) of the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The process will assist Sierra Leone develop and effectively implement safety oversight corrective action plans; and carry out certification and surveillance activities.”

In his conclusion, the AFCAC expert noted that in order to guarantee positive results, AFCAC would ensure ICAO validation of all work done by the AFI-CIS inspectors through off-site and on-site.

Heads of the department of Airworthiness, Personnel Licensing and Flight Operations presented updates on their activities and areas that needed the AFI-CIS team’s technical assistance moving forward.