The Ambassador of the Russian Federation, H. E. Yuri Materiy called on the Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama on 21st July 2020 at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
The Ambassador stated that the Russian Government is preparing to lift travel restrictions for passengers of 09 countries including Sri Lanka based on the overall trend of COVID-19 cases and handling of the crisis.
The Ambassador provided suggestions and their proposed operational plans on resuming of international scheduled passenger operations to Sri Lanka subject to complying with the necessary health & safety protocols.
Appointing of well-trained hostage negotiators in a Sate, as a part of the crisis management team engaged in hostage taking situations such as aircraft hijacking (air piracy) is an internationally recognized norm that is in practice in all ICAO Member States.
This requirement is an essential element in respect of resolving civil aviation incidents relating to aircraft hi-jacking and holding the passengers and the crew as hostage. The two international conventions referred as Hague and Tokyo Conventions by which the international law has been formulated. Sri Lanka has ratified both Conventions.
This national requirement has been addressed at the National Civil Aviation Security Committee (NCASC) meetings since 2016 and it is becoming a reality today, with 09 senior Police Officers being appointed as the members of the Hostage Negotiator-Team to be engaged in civil aviation environment. These officers have undergone hostage negotiator course offered by the United Nation Mission, USA in the year 2006.
The appointment of 09 Senior Police Officers as the Members of the Hostage Negotiator – Team was held today the 16th July at the Ministry of Defence. (Today)
Here the appointment letters were presented by Major General (Retd.) Kamal Gunarathna, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Chairman National Civil Aviation Security Committee.
Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority presented the Certificates of Acceptance to the appointees.
Nineteen 19 Drone Operators from around the country were awarded Letters of Authorization for Drone Surveillance Operation in Humanitarian Tasks at Headquarters, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) in Katunayake today (26th June 2020).
From a total pool of 89 applicants who had responded favourably to the Web Advertisement posted by CAASL which invited all potential Drone Operators to offer their services to strengthen the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) primarily to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, they were among the 34 candidates short-listed after identifying them as capable for immediate deployment in Aerial Monitoring/Surveillance using Drone Technology in humanitarian tasks such as Remotely Monitoring for Dengue Prevention, Wildlife Protection, Human Elephant Conflicts, Disaster Management & Recovery , Archeological Sites protection etc; by respective Authorities/Agencies of the Government of Sri Lanka, as the immediate need for Drones’ use against COVID-19 pandemic itself subsided with the great success achieved by Sri Lanka now in that aspect.
They all have been successful at the Evaluation Process of the CAASL which consisted of a written Knowledge Test, physical Inspection of the Airworthiness of Drone Equipment & Remote Control Panel, Drone flying Practical Skill Test, a Medical Examination and a Police Report.
The Executive Committee members of Sri Lanka Association of Airlines Representatives (SLAAR) called on the Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama on 06th July 2020 at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.
They discussed the current and future airline operations in Sri Lanka and the Officials exchanged their views with DGCA. DGCA appreciated the commitment of local representatives towards the betterment of the aviation industry of Sri Lanka. SLAAR, is an association that represents over 30 foreign airlines in the Country.
Mr. Gerard Victoria, President of SLAAR represented the association along with his office bearers Ms. Dushy Jayaweera, Ms. Thanuja Lankathilake, Mr. Eustace Silva, Mr Gyan Amerasinghe and Ms. Parveen Dassenaike.
Mr. P A Jayakantha, Deputy Director General (Aviation Security Regulation), Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Director (Air Transport & Economic Regulation), Mr. Ishara Gunawardena, Manager (Air Services & Traffic Rights) from the CAASL were present at this meeting.
Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP-CMA) 2020 - Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka were scheduled to be audited under the USAP-CMA, during the period 10th - 19th June’20. Scheduled audit was postponed indefinitely, owing to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 which affected almost all ICAO Member States. Currently, ICAO has 193 Member States.
Under the Universal Security Audit Program (USAP) - 2nd cycle, Sri Lanka were last audited in
the year 2012 May 24th-31st, based on her performances on the effective implementation of aviation security oversight system, under eight critical elements in nine audit areas.
Sri Lanka scored a very satisfactory 85.06%, well above the world average of 67.89% based
on the results of 145 States already audited by then were taken into account out of the total of 191 Member States.
The postponed audit would be rescheduled by the ICAO shortly, hopefully towards the end of year 2020.
The Cabinet of Ministers has previously granted approval to appoint a Cabinet Appointed Negotiation Committee and a Project Committee to assist in its task to examine the proposal made by the Airports Authority of India in respect of the operational activities of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport and make recommendations. Accordingly, the Joint Proposal made by Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Prime Minister, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, the Minister of Finance and Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation to pursue future action in accordance with the Report prepared by the said Committee containing its recommendations, was approved by the Cabinet.
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri lanka was established in terms of Act No.34 of 2002, on 27th December and today CAASL is celebrating it's 16th Birthday.
Through out the past sixteen years CAASL has been able to reach very good standards in the Universal Safety and Security Oversight Audits held on compliance of Standards and Recommended Practices . CAASL has also been a supportive facilitator to the aviation industry stake holders and has tremendously supported to the development of aerodromes in the country with the advise of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.
Mr. Shigeaki Tetsuka, managing director of OSSEC Inc., has donated 4,000 medical face masks to Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) on April 17, 2020 for COVID-19 infection prevention, and Mr. Upul Darmadasa, Chairman of CAASL accepted the generosity and expressed gratitude to Mr. Tetsuka’s on behalf of CAASL.
Mr. Tetsuka told CAASL that he hoped the face masks could help CAASL employees to reduce a fear of virus infection on duty.
OSSEC, Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, produces unique data security application for PC and mobile users. It is designed to resolve threats of unauthorized access to and data leakage of confidential information by encryption system.
OSSEC has been used among government agencies, police department and self-defense force in Japan and is ready to expand its market to governments and financial institutions in Southwest Asia countries this year.
CAASL is happy to announce that arrangements have been made in liaison with its official Banker, the Bank of Ceylon to enable Members of Public who wish make all payments electronically for services rendered by the CAASL.
Accordingly Members of Public who wish to make a payment through online may opt to receive such services after giving consent in writing for deduction of applicable bank commissions (3%) in addition to the applicable regulatory payment to be made to the CAASL. If they wish to receive a confirmation electronically SMS will also be provided subject to recovery of costs.
However, if any payment is to made in cash, such payments will continue to be accepted at the counter of the cashier.