CAA International (CAAi) has completed a week-long programme of interviews and an industry engagement workshop in Bishkek to support the implementation of a revised State Safety Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Working in cooperation with the State Civil Aviation Agency (SCAA), a team of Safety Management, Flight Operations, Airworthiness, Aerodromes, Air Navigation Services and Legal experts from the UK CAA visited Bishkek to facilitate the sessions. During the first half of the week, experts from the UK CAA led meetings and interviews with senior SCAA personnel and industry service providers to understand safety and risk management in the Kyrgyz Republic.

On the final day, UK experts facilitated a workshop with over 50 industry and regulatory participants to openly discuss safety and risk management. During the workshop, CAAi presented the results of its initial safety management review. Through group discussions and activities, participants shared their own experiences and discussed safety challenges in the Kyrgyz Republic. The group also considered specific actions to mitigate safety risks and the possible challenges in implementing these provisions.

The outputs from this visit will help develop a national hazard register, identify the top priorities to improve safety and provide critical inputs to the Kyrgyz Republic’s National Aviation Safety Plan.

Speaking after the workshop, Rob Erskine, Head of International Operations at CAAi, said:

“We would like to thank SCAA and all industry participants for their overwhelming support and positive engagement over the past week. An effective State Safety Programme relies on effective collaboration between all key stakeholders. These past few days have proved extremely valuable in bringing everyone together to discuss safety and risk management. The results from this activity will no doubt play a key role in evolving the State Safety Programme for the Kyrgyz Republic.”

This visit forms part of a wider project led by CAAi to review, update and implement a revised ICAO compliant State Safety Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic. The project is expected to be completed later this year.

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