The Challenges of Conducting Flight Inspection/Validation in Remote and Inhospitable Locations
Location: Regency Ballroom
Date/Time: Wednesday, Apr. 18, 9:30 a.m.
Flight inspection remains an essential Air Traffic Management function. Some consider this to be a technical task while others consider it to be a Quality function. Reality dictates that it is a combination of both largely dependent on the level of local technical development.
Remote locations present some of the largest challenges with respect to achieving flight inspection and validation tasks. These locations may also be environmentally harsh.
Unlike larger developed country where a relatively large number of navigation aids reside, small remote locations may lack a level of critical mass that justifies the establishment of a local flight inspection presence while long ferry flights from a service provider prove cost prohibitive.
Factors that may influence the method of conducting flight inspection/Validation in remote locations may include:
• What systems may need inspecting (eg Just PAPI or full ILS)
• Aircraft availability
• Regulatory environment
• A suitable flight inspection system
• For Validation, access to suitably experienced pilot with detailed local knowledge
• Ability to safely deploy suitably qualified crew
• Specific Health and Safety considerations for the specific area of concern
• Crew duty management with consideration to the specific location and task
Case discussions may include Tarawa, Mauritius etc