Nepal Safety Conference Identifies Priorities
At a UN-sponsored five-day aviation safety conference held in Kathmandu in May a number of safety priorities for flying in Nepal were identified. The conference was organized by the UN World Food Program’s aviation unit at the request of the Nepalese civil aviation authority. Topics identified for intensive future study include improved terrain awareness; better weather reporting; creation of a threat- and error-management system, including a system to identify hazards more clearly; and the establishment of an effective safety management system. One attendee called the conference a confirmation of the need to build Nepal’s aviation safety infrastructure system and culture from the ground up. In the threat- and error-management session, for example, attendees were presented with the simple idea of looking at familiar operational threats from fresh perspectives. Attendees included representatives from the 15 airlines that operate in the region, as well as a number of aviation experts from U.S. business aviation operators, the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety & Security center and the Nepal airline operators association.