Sri Lanka Aviation Safety Team (SLNAST)

1.1       These Terms of Reference outline the concept and modalities for the Sri Lanka Aviation Safety Team (SLAST) and its relationship to the South Asia Regional Aviation Safety Team (SARAST) of COSCAP-SA. 

 1.2       The ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP), which was reaffirmed by the 33rd Session of the ICAO Assembly in 2001, stressed the need for a reduction in the rate of fatal accidents in air transport operations.  GASP endorses the concept of concentrating the safety-related activities of ICAO on those safety initiatives - planned or currently underway - which offer the best safety dividends in terms of reducing the accident rate.  Additionally, GASP encourages States to foster regional and sub-regional safety groups for the purpose of furthering the global safety effort.

1.3       Two major safety initiatives have been established which are in keeping with the broad objectives of GASP.  The United States, as part of the FAA's Safer Skies agenda, established the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) in June 1998.  Similarly, in 1998 the States represented by the JAA formed the Joint Strategic Safety Initiative (JSSI).  Both initiatives draw upon a broad base of experts from government agencies, airlines, manufacturers, aviation associations, labour unions, and other safety-related organizations.  The focus of their efforts resulted from a rigorous analysis of accidents, which occurred over the most recent ten-year period for which significant data was available.  Major causes of accidents were identified and categorized, and priorities were assigned to for the purpose of pursuing remedial actions.  Top accident categories being examined by these groups are:

  • Controlled flight into terrain
  • Approach and landing
  • Loss of Control
  • Uncontained engine failures
  • Runway incursions
  • Weather

JSSI and CAST work in close co-operation to analyze significant worldwide accidents/incidents, develop recommendations for improvement actions, and commit /monitor implementation completion.  In addition, some members from each group actively participate in the other group on a regular basis.

1.4            Consistent with Immediate Objective 1, Output 1.6 of the Project Document (Revision 1), the COSCAP-SA Steering Committee has formally constituted the South Asia Regional Aviation Safety Team (SARAST) to play an active role in the global effort to reduce accidents.  While the SARAST is the regional forum to examine and provide the regional mechanisms for approved safety interventions, the States themselves must take the required action for implementation.  This action will require adaptation of the SARAST outputs to reflect the States regulatory regime and /or action that may have been taken previously by the State to resolve a particular safety concern.  There may also be some safety issues that are unique to a particular State that may be better resolved in the context of a national forum.  Many of the safety interventions developed by SARAST may require involvement across many functional areas. 

2.1       The objective of the Sri Lank Aviation Safety Team (SLAST) is to review outputs from the SARAST and to adapt the outputs for implementation in Sri Lanka in a coordinated manner.  The SARAST outputs have already been approved by the COSCAP-SA Steering Committee, so for these items the focus is on implementation modalities. 

          In addition, the SLAST will review, analyze and develop recommendations on safety issues that are particular to only Sri Lanka When such actions are approved by the Director General of Civil Aviation, the Team Members will serve as focal points for introducing the interventions within their respective functional areas and for coordinating their efforts with the industry. 

2.2       To accomplish the objectives, the team will :1) Review, for implementation within Sri Lanka, safety interventions that have been developed by SARAST; and 2) Review safety issues unique to Sri Lanka which may warrant locally-developed interventions.  The focus and priority for SLAST will be to implement SARAST outputs and develop recommendations on unique national safety issues for approval by the Director General of Civil Aviation.

3.1       A nominee of the Director General Of Civil Aviation will serve as the Team Leader for SLAST.  The membership of the SLAST will include representatives from flight operations, airworthiness, air traffic management, aerodromes, accident prevention, service provides, and other CAA functional areas as required.  Appropriate industry groups will also be invited to attend and should include representatives for the major airlines.

3.2       The SLAST will accomplish the following:

  • Review safety interventions which have already been developed by SARAST and advise the DGCA the appropriate method for implementation of the recommendation;
  • Identify areas of concern to flight safety that may be unique to Sri Lanka or require emphasis within Sri Lanka and develop data and interventions to address those concerns; and 
  • Work closely with service providers, airlines, manufacturers, industry and labor associations, and other appropriate organizations in the industry to ensure that interventions are implemented through a coordinated effort.

3.3       The SLAST Team Leader will also provide regular feedback to SARAST on its activities. 

3.4       The DGCA will be provided with regular reports on the activities of SLAST and the status of the implementation of SARAST and SLAST recommendations.

3.5            The SLAST will meet as necessary but as a minimum at least thrice each year

4.1            Members of the Sri Lankan aviation safety team shall develop safety initiatives within their organization to be presented in subsequent meetings for discussion before adopting.

  • Meeting on -- August 2015

Government Notice

 Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation

National Civil Aviation Policy (Draft)

The Airspace over Sri Lanka is a public asset which has enormous potential to contribute for its socio-economic development. With clear, consistent and farsighted policies in place, the country’s airspace can be made busier and more productive with numerous activities that would demand a variety of ground support, services and resources triggering the country’s growth engine to spin faster producing wider socio-economic benefits. It is with above the objective in mind, that the National Policy for Civil Aviation has been drafted at the instruction of the Hon. Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation and under the guidance of the Hon. Prime Minister’s office, in close coordination and consultation with a representative group of all key stakeholders involved in aviation, setting out the overall objectives of the Government for civil aviation and the high-level policies that should be used to achieve those primary objectives on midterm and long term basis.

One of the main objectives of the proposed National Civil Aviation Policy is to improve the air connectivity enhancing the accessibility to any part of the country from any corner of the world so that Sri Lankan community may enter and compete successfully in the globalized air transport market for economic growth opportunities. Accordingly, the draft civil aviation policy framework proposes opening up of Sri Lanka’s skies to the rest of the world for international commercial traffic on the basis of reciprocity aiming at enhanced connectivity and accessibility. Also the draft National Policy encourages private sector to invest in the development of aviation infrastructure including construction, operation and maintenance of civil airports. It also proposes permitting local private airlines that satisfy the applicable international safety and security requirements to operate international commercial scheduled passenger flights in competition with foreign carriers aiming at securing and consolidating the country’s share international air transport market.

The draft National Civil Aviation Policy document deals with a variety of subjects in greater detail. 

  •    International Air Transportation
  •    Custom Duties
  •    Taxation applicable to International Airlines           
  •    Domestic Air Services
  •    Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Organizations (MRO)
  •    General Aviation
  •    Stakeholder Participation in Aviation Development
  •    Designation of Airspace for Special Use
  •    Off-shore operations
  •    Airport Infrastructure
  •    Airport Master Plans
  •    Air Cargo Transshipment
  •    Land Use Planning
  •    Air Space Management
  •    State Aviation Safety Programme (SASP)
  •    Aviation Security
  •    Civil-Military Coordination
  •    Facilitation at Airports
  •    Human Resources Development
  •    Public Private Participation and Investment Promotion
  •    Consumer Protection
  •    Regulation of air cargo industry
  •    Access for Persons with Reduced Mobility and Special Needs
  •    Multi-Modal Transportation
  •    Environmental Safeguards
  •    International Conventions

The complete draft of the National Civil Aviation Policy paper can be downloaded from the Official website of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka at http://www.caa.lk/images/stories/Policy/NCAP_SL_DEC_2016-E-Final.pdf - (Pl click here for SINHALA or TAMIL version). Members of the public who are interested in contributing to the refinement of the objectives, principles and idea in the draft National Civil Aviation Policy document are kindly advised to submit their views, comments or suggestions to the following address either in writing or by e-mail on or before 30th April 2017.

Director General of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
No.4, Hunupitiya Road,
Colombo 02.
Email : dnacp@caa.lk 


Nihal Somaweera


Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation

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