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:
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:
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.