Civil Aviation Development and Education Committee (CADEC)
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
In the year 2008 a group of volunteers in the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) formed a Sri Lanka Aviation Club (SLAC) funded by themselves. The objective of this club was to enhance the knowledge of the school children on aviation. In order to achieve this objective SLAC published a magazine which contained aviation related articles and started conducting education programmes on civil aviation in schools. With the spread of work in scope and depth, it was considered necessary to formalize the working arrangement of the SLAC, so that the CAA could take overall responsibility of such work and allocate resources as required.
In this context, it was decided to convert SLAC into a committee appointed by the CAASL under the powers vested in the CAASL in terms of section 6 – (1) and (2) of the CAASL Act No.34 of 2002 to support the execution of its mission.
The Committee was established with the name “Civil Aviation Development & Education Committee” (CADEC) on 26 August 2010 to foster development of aviation industry in Sri Lanka for planning, designing, organizing and conducting necessary educational and awareness creating activities and programmes for the general public, aiming especially at the younger generation, thus contributing to achieve CAA’s mission.
The core activities of the CADEC include the following,
Up to now 13 issues of “Guwansara” Magazines published, established 586 School Civil Aviation societies under CAASL registry, conducted 43 school aviation awareness programs within 04 years Island wide, essay competition among school civil aviation societies Island wide and conducted 02 National Committee meetings.
The aviation industry is mainly popular in the city areas in Sri Lanka. There were no opportunities for the people in rural areas, to absorb knowledge in aviation. Most of the the aviation related articles are also written in English language. Considering these facts CADEC decided to publish a magazine relating to aviation in Sinhala medium targeting the students and the general public with the objective of enhancing their knowledge in aviation. ‘Guwansara’ is the first aviation relating quarterly magazine published in Sinhala medium.
Up to now CADEC has published 11 issues of Guwansara Magazines and received many encouraging comments from school students and from the general Public.
Under CAASL registration, 630 School Civil Aviation Societies established in Island wide with the aim of enhancing their knowledge on aviation and job opportunities in aviation sector.
CADEC conducted 42 School Aviation Awareness Programms within 03 years Island wide. These awareness programmes were enriched with radio control model aircraft shows, hot air balloon demonstrations a kite design and flying contest.
Summary Of The Cadec Programmes (Year 2011-up to now)
|No.||Date||Venue||Name of The Activity|
|01||14/01/2011||Thanamalwila National School, Wellawaya||Student Programme|
|02||27/01/2011||Wellassa National School, Bibile||Student Programme|
|03||28/02/2011||Sudampaya Meeting Hall, Anamaduwa||Principal Programme|
|04||14/03/2011||KannangaraVidyalaya, Anamaduwa||Student Programme|
|05||23/05/2011||MayurapadaVidyalaya, Mawanalla||Principal Programme|
|06||26/05/2011||PallamaNandamithraVidyalaya, Anamaduwa||Student Progreamme|
|07||16/06/2011||Zonal Education Office, Hambanthota||Principal Programme|
|08||07/07/2011||SiddarathaMahaVidyalaya, Anuradhapura||Student Programme|
|09||11/07/2011||Pinnawala National School, Pinnawala||Student Programme|
|10||28/07/2011||Zonal Education Office, Chilaw||Principal Programme|
|11||26/09/2011||Town Hall & Public Ground, Puttlam||Kite Contest|
|12||21/10/2011||CTC Meeting Hall, Anuradhapura||Principal Programme|
|13||21/10/2011||CTC Meeting Hall, Anuradhapura||Principal Programme|
|14||04/11/2011||Zonal Education Office, Kakirawa||Principal Programme|
|15||04/11/2011||Zonal Education Office, Galenbidunuwewa||Principal Programme|
|16||16/11/2011||Debarawewa National School, Thissamaharama||Student Programme|
|17||18/11/2011||Zonal Education Office, Kabathigollawa||Principal Programme|
|18||02/12/2011||Dabulugala Play Ground, Dabulla||Hot Air Balloon Show|
|19||06/01/2012||Kabathigollawa Central College, Kabathigollawa||Student Programme|
|20||25/01/2012||Thabuththegama Central College, Thabuththegama||Student Programme|
|21||26/01/2012||SuwarnapaliBalikaMahaVidyalaya, Anuradhapura||Student Programme|
|22||01/02/2012||Galenbidunuwewa Central College, Galenbidunuwewa||Student Programme|
|23||02/02/2012||Kakirawa Central College, Kakirawa||Student Programme|
|24||14/02/2012||Senanayake Central College, Madampe||Student Programme|
|25||31/05/2012||Nawagaththegama Isuru Vidyalaya, Nawagaththegama||Student Programme|
|26||07/01/2013||Town Hall, Galle||Principal Programme|
|27||11/01/2013||Padukka Siri PiyarathanaMahaVidyalaya, Padukka||Student Programme|
|28||15/01/2013||AnandaVidyalaya, Elpitiya||Student Programme|
|29||12/03/2013||Suchi National School, Hambanthota||School Civil Aviation Societies Programme|
|30||14/03/2013||D.S. Senanayake National School, Ampara||Principal Programme|
|31||23/03/2013||J.M. Kumaradasa M V, Wellawaya||School Civil Aviation Societies Programme|
|32||24/04/2013||Sudasuna Meeting Hall, Chilaw||School Civil Aviation Societies Programme|
|33||27/04/2013||St. Maris National School, Hambanthota||School Civil Aviation Societies Programme|
|34||30/04/2013||MahindaVidyalaya, Galle||School Civil Aviation Societies Programme|
|35||10/05/2013||D.S. Sennanayake National School, Ampara||Student Programme|
|36||18/05/2013||Niwanthakachethiya M V, Anuradhapura||School Civil Aviation Societies Programme|
|37||30/05/2013||MahindaVidyalaya, Galle||Student Programme|
|38||03/06/2013||Viharagala Isuru Vidyalaya, Suriyawewa||Student Programme|
|39||09 & 10/07/2013||Bingiriya Siri Saranankar National School, Bingiriya||Student Programme|
|40||16/09/2013||Chilaw Harindra Corea Playground & Shirley Corea Meeting Hall, Chilaw||Student Programme|
|41||01/11/2013||KosgamaMaha Vidyalaya, Kosgama||Student Programme|
|42||10/01/2014||Kosgama Cultural Centre, Kosgama||Student Programme|
|43||04/11/2014||Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport & Mattala CAASL office||Student Programme|
CADEC formed a National Committee with the volunteers who offer their services in order to further strengthen the school civil aviation societies, with the concurrence of Ministry of Education. The National committee consists of teachers, principals and administrators from 25 districts alone with the aviation professionals, representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, Airport & Aviation Services (SL) Ltd, SriLankan Airlines Ltd and Mihin Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
The committee has developed 06 pronged strategies as follows;
Civil Aviation Development & Education Committee (CADEC) &
National Coordinator – “National Committee for Promotion of Civil Aviation among School Students"
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
No.04, Hunupitiya Road
|Telephone||:||+94 77 3659177, +94 11 2358804, +94 11 2358800|
|Fax||:||+94 11 2304676|