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Aviation innovation: opportunities and challenges for operators and regulators

According to ICAO Council President

Providing opening remarks yesterday at the "2019 China Civil Aviation Development Forum", ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu highlighted that new regulatory policies and practices are needed in aviation so that the sector can proactively engage with innovators and encourage, rather than impede their inventiveness.

ICAO’s Council President also highlighted how the digitization of aviation now extends to virtually every area of airline and airport operation today, and that these trends pose serious concerns not only in terms of process evolution, but also cybersecurity threats.

He outlined ICAO’s efforts to establish a robust trust framework among the senders and receivers of digital information, and strongly underscored the need for air transport personnel to be trained “with the enhanced competencies that will be required to operate and manage all of the new 21st century aviation systems and capabilities, professionally and efficiently".

Noting that the Asia/Pacific is expected to remain ICAO’s fastest growing air transport region in terms of passenger and freight traffic through at least 2035, which will not only bring greater number of flights but also higher levels of emissions, he drew attention to how “innovative technologies are also critical to our efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of our industry to the benefit of future generations".

Aliu concluded by noting that the upcoming ICAO World Aviation Forum and its adjacent Innovation Fair and Exhibition, taking place on the eve of the UN aviation agency’s upcoming 40th Triennial Assembly this September, would be “focused on issues of operational and regulatory innovations in recognition of the potentials and challenges posed by this era of incredible aviation innovations", as part of ICAO’s 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2019.

During his stay in Beijing, Aliu met with a number of high-level officials, the CAAC Administrator, Feng Zhenglin as well as the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Le Yucheng to address these and other points of relevance to China’s civil aviation sector. He will also be making visits to a number of technical facilities, including Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport. He is being accompanied throughout by the Representative of China on the Council of ICAO, Yang Shengjun, and the Chief of the ICAO Asia Pacific Regional Sub-Office in Beijing, Raphael Guillet.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency