Sabariah Midon has celebrated her milestone 40th anniversary with the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Sabariah’s CAA career began in 1977 as a Clerk Typist for the CAA’s Malaysian airworthiness office, then based at Subang International Airport. Sabariah was responsible for the day-to-day running of the office, from the telephone switchboard to typing and filing, supporting the UK CAA team of Airworthiness Surveyors stationed in Malaysia.

The purpose of the UK CAA team was to develop the Airworthiness Unit and train the local surveyors on aircraft certification, registration and engineer licensing. By 1985, around ten local surveyors had been recruited and trained. From 2000, the CAA Malaysian airworthiness office required only non-residential support. Sabariah’s played a crucial role in coordinating and strengthening the partnership between CAA Malaysia and UK CAA.

In 2010, Sabariah was instrumental in building the UK CAA’s training capability in the region, coordinating various training courses covering airworthiness regulations and safety risk management.  In 2012, Sabariah played a pivotal role setting up UK CAA/EASA electronic examinations for the DCA Malaysia and continues to support DCAM with these exam services today.

Matthew Margesson, Head of International Development for the UK CAA said, “I would like to congratulate Sabariah on this impressive milestone and for her contribution and dedication to aviation in South East Asia on behalf of the UK CAA. Sabariah has had an outstanding career and is very well respected, earning her “celebrity-like” status among the Malaysian aviation community.”

Sabariah thanked her CAA colleagues for their support and devotion to aviation in the region. “I would like to express my gratitude to all surveyors who were working with me during that time. I also would like to thank all my colleagues at CAA International in the Training and Exam Teams, and especially to Matt Margesson who puts his full trust in me to carry out the given tasks”.

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