Posted by Sade Williams
The Banjul Accord Accident investigation Agency (BAGAIA) is planning develop a $1.5million integration of Flight Data Analysis Capability for member states to provide each state with a core analysis capability with the world-class Nigerian AIB existing FDR/CVR Safety lab as the central hub for expert technical support.
BAGAIA Commissioner, Engineer Charles Irikefe Erhueh made this known during the week as a guest of the Guinean Civil Aviation Authority in Conakry where he discussed the importance of the regional aircraft accident investigative body and steps taken to keep it thriving.
Erhueh also pointed out the importance of the establishment of an independent Investigation body separate from Civil Aviation Authority in Guinea to investigate aircraft accidents expressing optimism that Guinea will show interest just as Sierra Leone and others have done.
The commissioner also called on the Guinea CAA to deepen the country’s membership of BAGAIA by meeting their obligations to the regional body, especially with regards clearing their outstanding subscription.
The Guinean Civil Aviation Authority Director General, Mr. Mamady Kaba while welcoming the BAGAIA Commissioner to Conakry promised that independent Investigation Agency will be established in few months to come, being that the Act is in the final stage to see to it come to fruition.
He also said that Guinea will clear its outstanding once the Act is signed into law.
In his words “That the papers for the creation of the AIG was created 3 years ago and they are looking forward for it assent into law” that they are willing to clear of the outstanding when the Act is signed into law with the measure they will put in place.
The BAGAIA Commissioner was happy and assured the commitment of BAGAIA to member states in ensuring that the country is up to speed as aviation is global.
They further deliberated on issues involving who pays for Investigation when it is delegated to BAGAIA, and the commissioner in response stated that only logistics will be handled by the state of occurrence since they are contributing their quota as enshrined in the Agreement.
He went further to say that there are so many values to tap or gain from BAGAIA activities with offerings of trainings and assistance in USOAP activities and collaboration with other states as the case may be.
On the proposal for Flight Data Analysis Capability for Member States as highlighted in the commissioner’s presentation, the proposal once it reaches fruition will provide each State with a core Flight Data Analysis capability with the world-class Nigerian AIB existing FDR/CVR Safety lab as the central hub for expert technical support
According to the presentation each BAGAIA State is to receive: Laptop/workstation with Flight Data Analysis Software, Audio Analysis Software, Flight Animation Software
He stated that the laptop provides field capability to participate with the State of Occurrence Centrally coordinated contract from BAGAIA with each State contributing; expand on existing FDR/CVR lab in Abuja with Satellite capabilities.
The BAGAIA Commissioner in his remarks thanked the DG and his cabinet for the warm reception received since his arrival.
He also visited the Air Navigation Agency of Guinea and had brief meeting the Director General Mr. Soumah Ahmed Tidiane with the deputy Hadja Oumou Diallo where he was welcome.
The Commissioner also reiterated the need to embrace good working relationship with an independent Investigation body with hope that it main objective is not to apportion blame or liability to ensure that safety recommendations are made for better of the industry at large.
Similar visit was made to the Airport Fire Commandant Mr. Alpha Camara and his team with a stop at the Guinean meteorology agency.