Beef up security by following latest aviation trends
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) under the Ministry of Communications (MinComm) will strive to keep up-to-date with the latest issues and trends in a bid to enhance the aviation security of the nation, said the minister of communications.
In an interview with reporters, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat said that they recently conducted a dialogue with the president of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Singapore to share information regarding the latest safety issues in civil aviation.
“It is ICAO’s responsibility to collect information regarding new developments and issues in civil aviation and to share them with other member countries.
“What we do (with that information) is take measures that can improve the safety of our country’s civil aviation,” said the minister.
He said that after the dialogue, ICAO has pledged their support to help the DCA in areas of importance such as technical staff and professional staff, adding that ICAO is ready to bring in aviation experts to Brunei should there be a need.
Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa added the department and the ministry has always worked closely with the relevant stakeholders such as Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), the sole flag carrier in the country, aircraft manufacturers as well as aircraft engine manufacturers.
“We have a very healthy relations with these stakeholders and it is done at the professional level, which is necessary because it is also in their (the stakeholders) interest to ensure that their aircrafts are fit to fly,” he said.
The communications minister went on to say that the DCA will continue to be committed in enhancing the aviation security of the nation.
“It has always been our responsibility to make sure that our surveillance procedures and our screening procedures are in place (and) we are always in a high state of readiness and alertness and not only when there are incidents,” he said.
It was previously reported that an RB Boeing 787 flight to London was forced to return to Brunei after experiencing an in-flight shutdown on one of its engines about one hour after take-off.
This incident was the second one to occur in nearly five months as an RB Dreamliner flight that was heading to Brunei had to return to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila due to abnormal engine readings in October of last year.
The Brunei Times