Perhaps the redundancy of ICAO, FAA and EASA audits should be replaced by a single entity. One assessment would reduce the burden on the CAAs of preparing for the triplicate reviews.
It was easy to assume that ICAO’s role in this regional conflict was over. Sometimes the penumbra of power is as forceful as the explicit authority.
The juxtaposition of the excellent 2016 safety record and these industry messages serve to remind all aviation professionals to remain constantly aware of risks.
Two recent ICAO events that merit greater attention: The Blockade of Qatar and CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation).
A break with the EU will leave the UK with a significantly reduced influence in the technical side of aviation. That is not a good thing.
Europe is partnering with South Asia to meet the opportunities and challenges of the region, while the FAA is focusing on the Caribbean to increase airport safety and certification.
ICAO is an important deliberative body for setting global standards, but since its members are also subject to those standards, they are not as good at compelling compliance.
On March 6, ICAO adopted a new aircraft CO2 emissions standard. ICAO is good at creating standards, but not well suited to enforcing them. It will be interesting to see whether the criteria will be enacted.