For aviation to remain sustainable, greener technologies are required to cater for projected growth in air travel. An incredible evolution is therefore underway gearing towards electrification of air transport, and making it more viable. These are the topics being addressed at the ICAO World Aviation Forum taking place in Canada this week, preceding the 4oth session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) annual General Assembly.
A delegation representing the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, led by its Chief Executive Officer Garry Albert, and the Principal Secretary for Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Mr. Alan Renaud, are attending the innovation fair, which is focusing on the theme “Innovation in Aviation”. Areas being covered revolve around the emergence and benefits of those new technologies, and the processes to accommodate it.
Seychelles participation in these events is an opportunity to uncover focus areas to ensure that our aviation sector continues to deliver at the highest standards.
“As a small island state we have our limitations, and such events offers Seychelles with a broader perspective. It equips us with practical insights on how we can overcome specific challenges” said CEO Albert
“Interactions with other CEOs in aviation adds immense benefits, as the industry moves better with cooperation among each other to beef capacity where it is lacking” he added.
One presentation centred on Loon, which operates a network of stratospheric balloons facilitating communication by expanding the coverage of services to remote areas not covered by ground infrastructures. The system has the potential to provide internet access to communities and millions who currently lack such facilities. SCAA was one of the first organization to sign an MOU with Loon to facilitate their operation within the Seychelles Flight Information Region (FIR), in its quest to support future availability of the service: whilst at the same time ensuring its commitment for continuous safety and proper management of its airspace.
PS Renaud’s presence at the fair is substantial, as policy makers need to be at the leading edge of these developments.
“From a policy perspective, the World Aviation Forum has been mind-blowing experience. There can be no doubt game changing advances in artificial intelligence, automated transport, drones, big data and green technologies will revolutionize flight, as we know it in our lifetimes. As regulators and policy makers, we must develop new governance processes to keep pace with the rapid changes, to nurture and not stifle innovation, and actively advance their adoption. It is an exciting time to be in aviation,” said Mr. Renaud
Minister Didier Dogley will be joining the Seychelles delegation in Montreal to attend the ICAO assembly, which will be starting on 24 September. The session this year is a special one as ICAO is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, created in 1944 upon the signing of the Chicago Convention. ICAO works with the Convention’s 191 Member States and global aviation organizations to develop international Standards and Recommended Practices which States reference when developing their legally-enforceable national civil aviation regulations.
The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) was established under the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority Act ,2005, as an administrative and financial body corporate to provide for the services, facilities and regulation of civil aviation activities in Seychelles, consistent and in accordance with national and international standards. For more information, please visit: www.scaa.sc
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