Robert L Bradshaw and the Vance Amory International Airport employees are now training in safety procedures.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Key stakeholders from the Robert L Bradshaw and the Vance Amory International Airports in St. Kitts and on Nevis are now undergoing a four-day training aimed at ensuring safety and security at the airports.

Oct. 9 to 12 training is a joint operation with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) and the Caribbean Aviation Security and Oversight System (CASSOS), and is the first of its kind in the Federation.

Royston Griffin, Head of the local Civil Aviation Department, outlined the training goals, noting it is of extreme importance.

During the training a number of topics will be covered. These include runaway certification, runaway inspection, runaway safety and safety teams, as well as general inspections of the runaway with respect to pavements.

“The joint operation is to enhance the capabilities within the OECS member states to ensure the safety of our airports throughout the region,” Griffin explained. “We work jointly to ensure that we meet our mandates in keeping with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) doc 7300, which is the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

“The training is important to ensure safety within the workplace and safety at the airport. It will ensure there are no accidents or incidents that can occur from mishaps, as most mishaps usually occur from human error. The idea is to bring us up to speed in terms of what is required by the ICAO Standards and recommended practices.”

Griffin said that safety lies within everyone.

“We as a government, as a people, have a responsibility to ensure that there is safety, not only of passengers but the entire operations,” Griffin said. “If there is a problem it could affect our economy, our tourism product and the citizens on a whole. As a state we have to do whatever it takes and ensure that we comply with all international standards and recommended practices.”

Donald McPhail, Director-General of ECCAA, said he is looking forward to a very successful training and wished participants all the best, as they endeavour to help improve safety and security at the airports.

“We are hoping that at the end of this workshop that the employees from the airport will have an in-depth understanding of safety, particularly safety management systems,” McPhail said. “As a result of this, as you put everything together it would reduce the chances of any mishaps or incidence at the airports.

“It is always good to enhance your safety capabilities. As new aircrafts come on stream…it is good to ensure that measures are in place to reduce the likelihood of an accident occurring, and beyond that, should an accident occur, to enhance the responsive capabilities of the state in dealing with the accidents.”