An Endless Task
For the regulators, overseeing the civil aviation industry has remained an endless task due to the new technologies coming on board on a regular basis. Every wave of aviation innovation looks like a page of a science fiction becoming a reality, from flying taxis to drones and hypersonic flights. The industry has been increasingly adopting Next-Gen technologies across the board to ensure a safe and secure air travel. Alongside, it is also working to improve the regulations in different domains like autonomous air vehicles.
Dubai continues to lead in adopting technologies and innovations which are good for the aviation business and be in sync with the vision of good governance and excellence.
At the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), we have remained in the forefront to ensure that our multiple stakeholders adhere to sets of practices, regulations and standards in the aviation industry given its critical importance to our economy. The standards and regulations necessary for ensuring safe and efficient air transport, set by the ICAO, GCAA and the Government of Dubai, are implemented in the emirate without any compromises. Technology is helping the air transport industry, both on the ground and in the air. The civil aviation industry has been the early adopters of technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and Machine Learning.
Dubai is the first city in the world to monitor drones in its airspace and also legally permitting drone flying. The emirate also carried out testing on a proof-of-concept for air taxis which it intends to introduce as a mode of public transport as early as 2020. Dubai is also open to the concept of remote air traffic control. The DCAA remains in the forefront of steadily introducing online services for the industry stakeholders through its web portal. For the first time in the world, DCAA also authorised a HAPS flight in the UAE airspace. We are not resting on our hard-earned laurels, but strongly feels we have many more miles to cross in our journey of excellence.
Mohammed Abdulla Ahli