It is gratifying that according to a recent ICAO audit report on safety standard and compliance (effective implementation), Bangladesh has topped among the South Asian countries. The country has achieved 76 points while neighbouring India scored only 57. ICAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth. The audit judges safety oversights to implement ICAO standards based on eight parameters- legislation, organisation, licensing, operations, airworthiness, accident investigation, air navigation services and aerodromes. Bangladesh has done remarkably well in all eight parameters of ICAO standards. As per the audit report, the aviation industry of the country has scored 70 in legislation, 80 in organization, 78 in licensing, 85 in operations, 85 in airworthiness, 67 in accident investigation, 72 in air navigation and 67 in air navigation services and aerodromes.
The achievement is attributable to the government’s relentless progress to develop country’s aviation sector, now the world is globally praising the country development in aviation safety comparing to other South Asian countries. Continuous efforts are conducting to meet the rules and regulations set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have played a pivotal role in this respect. According Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB) information, the aviation safety standard is updated after certain interval. The audit is conducted based on how safe and reliable is these issues. CAAB is ahead of India in aviation safety score. It’s a continuous process and the organization is continuing its efforts to develop more. It’s also good news that the country’s pilots and cabin crews are also able to get job opportunities as the country crossed aviation safety standard 60. The Chinese Aviation Authority does not allow any countries pilots or cabin crews whose score is below 60.
We are happy that the country has achieved this feat in a context when many travellers including local ones have negative impression about the country’s aviation safety standard. This report will certainly help change their perception and brighten the image of Bangladesh. However, we feel there is still lot more to do in this area. If we are to attain global standard, all stakeholders concerned will have to keep up their good works.