‘World Aviation Safety Summit, an ideal platform for aviation experts to discuss challenges in aviation safety’

Hafidh Masoud, Head of Airport Safety, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA)

The 5th edition of the World Aviation Safety Summit, hosted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) was a resounding success as it brought together over 450 global leaders and decision makers in aviation safety on a common platform.

The summit has established itself as an ideal meeting place for thought leaders of the global aviation safety sector to discuss essential safety measures in order to efficiently manage the processes, threats, risks and calamities facing aviation safety professionals worldwide.

Hafidh Masoud, Head of Airport Safety, DCAA, who is also the Project Manager for the summit, spoke to Via Dubai about WASS and how the department contributes to ensuring safety of Dubai’s skies.

Excerpts from the interview:

Can you share with us the role of your section and its achievements in DCAA.

Our section is responsible for overseeing and promoting safety related issues in the aviation industry within the emirate of Dubai. The section supervises and controls all activities that could affect safety based on International Civil Aviation Organizations (ICAO) and GCAA standards and regulations in aerodromes safety , We conduct regular inspections at both the Dubai International and DWC airports, as well as helipads .

We give our recommendations, based on our inspections, to the operators to take measures to enhance safety in case we notice any risks or observe that any additional measures could further enhance the safety. Recently, we are also focusing on wildlife management.

Can you please elaborate on safety and wildlife management?

We are planning to enter into MOU with the Dubai Municipality so that whenever they start a new project such a natural reserve, a sanctuary, they will obtain an NOC from us. Wildlife can affect safety of airways.

Our role is to conduct a risk assessment and check the impact wildlife could have on the safety. Once we ensure that there is no danger to the safety of flights, we will give a no objection certificate.

This is a step forward to ensure safety within the emirates of Dubai, as we want to take care of the possible issues even before they could arise and don’t want to leave any area unattended.

The DCAA successfully hosted the 5th edition of the World Aviation Safety Summit recently. Can you share with us how the summit has contributed to the regional and global aviation industry?

The World Aviation Safety Summit hosted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has become the meeting place for thought leaders of the global aviation safety sector to discuss essential safety measures in order to efficiently manage the processes, threats, risks and calamities facing aviation safety professionals worldwide.

The summit has come a long way and this year we are pleased to announce that WASS had 450 local and international experts from regulatory authorities, airline operators, airport operators, aircraft manufacturers, pilot associations, safety organization’s and air traffic control service providers, who highlighted key strategies for the safety culture of the future. With air traffic projected to double in the next 15 years, WASS has become an ideal platform to discuss amongst industry professionals how we can support the rising challenges and demands of the booming aviation sector in Dubai. 

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