After eleven weeks of intensive training from (February 20-May 4, 2012) at the Tanzania Civil Aviation Training Centre, five licensed aerodrome controllers arrived home on May 8, 2012 with approach (non-radar) control certificates.
The course which enables the participants to acquire the knowledge, the skills and the experience for performing on-the-job-training at an approach control position which will further enhance their sitting for a rating to be validated as license approach controllers, in accordance with ICAO Standards and Recommended practices (Annex 1 personnel licensing).
The LCAA is determined to send additional five licensed aerodrome controllers to attend approach (non-radar) control at an accredited ICAO training centre in the very near future.
The Director General, LCAA, Hon. Richelieu A. Williams and the Manager Air Traffic Management, Mr. Marcus K. Enders expressed their satisfaction over the successful return of the five air traffic controllers and is confident that with the knowledge acquired they will meet up with the advancement in aviation technology in making the skies of Liberia safe.
After their first ever voyage to be formally trained in nearly 25 years, five (5) LCAA Ghanaian-trained Aerodrome Controllers travelled to Das Salem, Tanzania to acquire further training, skills and techniques in Approach Control.
LCAA Aerodrome Controllers currently in Tanzania include Jemaman M Khasu, Henry T. Flahn, Rebecca Paygar, Lawrence Kolako and Miatta A. Fully respectively.
The five controllers are expected to be in Tanzania for 12 weeks at the Tanzania Civil Aviation Training Center and upon return will sit a test to determine qualification and suitability, which remains a standard practice in the aviation industry.
An additional batch of five (5) aerodrome controllers will also travel to Tanzania following the return of their colleagues.
LCAA Director General Richelieu Williams and the Manager of the Air Traffic Management Department Marcus Enders expressed the hope with steady growing confidence in the aviation sector in Liberia, it is imperative to invest in training in view of the changing dynamics and realities.
Liberia-United Arab Emirates have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing of an MOU requires both delegations to recommend to their respective Governments the formal initialing of Air Services Agreement in order to proceed with necessary national requirement to formalize the agreement.
In light of the signing of the MOU, the UAE’s delegation at the negotiations designated Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, RAK Airways and fly Dubai as designated Airlines of the United Arab Emirates while Liberia will designate its airlines in due course.
This development signifies a boost of confidence in Liberia’s economic climate coupled with tourism opportunities thus leading to the creation of jobs for Liberians.
Directors General of seven (7) West African States have unanimously endorsed Liberia’s chairmanship as head of the Board of Directors for a regional safety oversight group; the Banjul Accord Group Aviation Safety Oversight Organization (BAGASOO).
The decision, which was taken in January this year at the 6th Board of Directors Meeting of BAGASOO held in Monrovia-Liberia, brought together delegates from Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Liberia’s will serve a one year term and its elections is borne out of the level of dedication, hard work, respect and credibility the LCAA has won in its attempt to ensure that minimum standards are upheld. With just one abstention (Guinea), the meeting was attended by Dr. Harold Demuren; Nigerian CAA, Kwame Mamphey; Ghana CAA, Fansu Bojang; Gambia CAA, Richelieu Williams; Liberia CAA, Agnelo Barbosa; Cape Verde, and B.A. Tarawaley; Sierra Leone CAA.
Amid the growing demand from operators for professionalism, productivity and proficiency in the sector, the Liberia CAA has embarked on a competitive recruitment exercise intended to expand both its engineering structure as well as beef up the AVSEC Department.
So far an aptitude test has been administered and is expected to be followed by a vetting exercise based on performance assessment by the special testing and evaluation committee in collaboration with Human Resource Department.
Preference will be given to personnel up to the rank of a retired Major who served actively in the security sector and have a wealth of experience and understanding of Criminal Justice and Police Science. The recruitment process is being carefully pursued to ensure the right professionals are considered.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has finally dedicated a modern State of the Art Very High Frequency Air Navigational Aid in Harper, Maryland on behalf of the Roberts Flight Information Region (RFIR).
Performing the dedicatory ceremony, President Sirleaf praised the wisdom and insight of the initiative, which she noted will ensure the free flow of communication between aircraft utilizing our airspace. She thanked the people Maryland for generously donating land for the construction of the satellite equipment and indicated it was a demonstration of their commitment and love for the country.
In separate remarks, the Director General of LCAA, the Superintendent of Maryland and FIR Station Manager described the project as a dream come true against the background of safety consideration. They termed it as a milestone and a great relief for the Mano River Basin.
The commissioning of the VHF equipment comes as a relief especially in the wake of 7-minute interval of total lack of communication between pilots from Sinoe, Southeast Liberia into the Ivorian airspace.