Suva, Fiji: A team from Airport Fiji Limited (AFL) and the Civil Aviation of Fiji (CAAF) will fly to China soon to begin intensive training at the Flight Procedure Programme, according to the Acting CAAF CEO Isei Tudreu.
He said that the team while in China would be trained to develop best procedures in Fiji airspace to maximize fuel efficiency by providing aircraft the shortest and safest routes, thus reducing carbon emissions and providing significant savings in fuel.
On return, he said, they will train others in both organizations in implementing the system “taking us one step closer to full self-reliance in our air traffic management operations.”
This follows a two-day recently held workshop facilitated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and organized by CAAF to develop a State Action Plan that focused on the reduction in the CO2emissions.
The State Action Plan, soon to be completed, will not only be submitted to the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) with the specific measures that have been or will be taken to address CO2 emission reduction, but will also indicate what will be required to implement it.
[Fiji’ Attorney General, the Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who was Chief Guest at the workshop is shown here in discussions with Poh Eileen Li Mein, a workshop facilitator from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.]
The CAAS facilitators for the workshop were:
Poh Eileen Li Mein (Ms), CAA Singapore, Director (International Relations).
Ng Yip Keong (Mr), CAA Singapore, Deputy Head, Certification, Airworthiness/Flight Operations Division.
Lim Jian Liang Karl Michael (Mr), CAA Singapore, Executive (International Relations).
The workshop evolved from a 2007 ICAO global target initiative to create a carbon dioxide standard for aircraft by 2013.
ICAO is a United Nations Agency with 192 member countries (including Fiji). Amongst its functions it supports all aspects of civil aviation including setting policies.
Those participating in the workshop studied the processes involved in the preparation and development of the State Action Plan, as well as being exposed to hands-on training on how to use and improve on the calculation tools to compute the benefits that could be derived from the CO2 emission savings.