Thursday, December 13, 2012

■ ALGERIA: Air Algérie renews IOSA certificate; successfully concludes SAFA inspections with EU.

Air Algérie logoThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) has renewed Algerian national airline Air Algérie's (AH) IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certificate for a further two years, the carrier said in a statement.

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In addition, the airline announced the conclusion of talks between the leadership of the Direction de l'Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (DACM) - Algeria's Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority - and the European Union following successful inspections held under the Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) program since November 2010.
"Following EU Regulation No. 1146-2012 of the Committee on 3 December 2012, and given the favorable results of inspections performed under the SAFA program since November 2010, the Committee decided put an end to formal discussions initiated with the DMCA, given the lack of security breaches and implementation of corrective and preventive measures in accordance with the air schedule," said the statement.
Source [Aeronautique DZ]
In 1996, European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) launched its own SAFA (Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft) Programme, as a complement to the ICAO audits. The SAFA Programme is based on a bottom-up approach, taking as its starting point, ramp inspections of aircraft landing in ECAC States, and progressing through further steps to the involvement of States of Registry or States of Operator when circumstances so require

In each ECAC State, foreign aircraft (ECAC or non-ECAC) can be subject to a ramp inspection, chiefly concerned with the aircraft documents and manuals, flight crew licenses, the apparent condition of the aircraft and the presence and condition of mandatory cabin safety equipment.