Important advances to improve Operational Safety in Central and South America

Authorities of the GRIAA and the ARCM / SAM, which chairs the JIAAC held a two days working meeting and signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will benefit 19 countries of both regions.


Representatives of the Regional Aviation Accident and Incident Group (GRIAA / COCESNA) and the Regional Cooperation Mechanism of AIG agencies of the South American Region (ARCM / SAM) worked together for two days at the Headquarters of the JIAAC, located in Buenos Aires. Aires, with the objective of improving Operational Safety in the Central American region.

The initiative comes from COCESNA, the air navigation authority of Central America, and aims to advance aviation security and coordinate research activities with the ARCM / SAM, which is chaired by Argentina, in the figure of Pamela Suárez (President also of the Civil Aviation Accident Investigation Board - JIAAC).

The GRIAA delegation was conformed by Captain Carlos Salazar Sánchez, Coordinator of GRIAA and Director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aviation; Dr. Evangelina Aráuz, Legal Advisor of the Technical Secretariat of COCESNA; Dr. Leonidas Duarte Suárez, Legal Advisor, and Mr. Guillermo Guido, Head of Accident Investigation at INAC. Representing ARCM / SAM, in addition to Suárez, was Daniel Barafani, National Research Director of the JIAAC.

During the first day of work, the representatives of GRIAA toured the facilities of the AIG agency of Argentina, after which they worked on various topics such as the Protocol Questions (PQ) proposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); the Management System; Research Methodology and Family Assistance Protocols for Victims of Aviation Accidents and Environmental Care. All this framed in the preparation of the GRIAA so that in 2020 it can be audited by ICAO as a civil aviation accident investigation mechanism.

On the second day of work, JIAAC presented a case of investigation and deepened the procedure for registration before the International Association of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and its Latin American chapter, LARSASI.

The agenda culminated with the signing of two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The first one between the ARCM / SAM and COCESNA / GRIAA and the second between GRIAA / COCESNA and JIAAC.
All with the objective of working together to improve aviation safety by making research experience, facilities and training instances mutually available; as well as jointly developing techniques, standard methodologies and procedures.

At the end of the work days Pamela Suárez defined this work as "an extraordinary experience" while expressing her pleasure at the presence of "the presence of the recent research authority of Nicaragua, which is in the initial process of independence, which represents a great challenge and reminds us of the steps we have taken ". In addition, the president of the JIAAC stressed the importance of signed memoranda of understanding which will allow "formally collaborate both in training and in different points of training of researchers" while allowing "work common problems of both Central and South America" and through the JIAAC "as a regional group ARCM / SAM".

On the other hand Salazar Sanchez indicated that the objective of these days was to realize a "work plan to be able to achieve a synergy between both regions, Central and South America" in such a way that it seems "a single region in terms of compliance with international standards. to give greater security to air operations. " Salazar also stressed the signing of the three Memoranda, indicating that this will help "strengthen our regions and create greater strength in terms of our human capabilities" which will "have the necessary resources to face an event." Finally, the director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aviation stressed that his goal is not only to "be prepared for any event" but also "to give better results to our States in ICAO audits".