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ACI World and Flight Safety Foundation sign new Memorandum of Cooperation

Agreement will bring closer cooperation on airport safety initiatives

Montreal, 2 August 2019 – Airports Council International (ACI) World and Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) that allows for enhanced collaboration.

Safety continues to be the number one priority for airports, the aviation community and the travelling public and the MoC will allow ACI and FSF to share relevant safety information and materials and to collaborate on a number of different initiatives, including:

  • participation in each other’s safety committees
  • publicizing the planned 2020 implementation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Global Reporting Format methodology for assessing and reporting of runway surface conditions
  • supporting efforts to improve the delivery of safety information to air crews so it can be more easily understood and prioritized, and
  • ensuring ongoing cooperation with regard to the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP).

Cooperation between the two organizations goes back more than 10 years and has already resulted the publication of an important report on Reducing the risk of runway excursions.

“The safety and security of our air transport system remains our top priority and the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation with the Flight Safety Foundation reflects the dedication of both of organizations to safe operations across the whole aviation sector,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said.

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with FSF which has more than 70 years of experience in aviation safety-related research, education and communications and in supporting the extraordinary lengths that airports, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, air navigation service providers, and all partners in the aviation industry go to in ensuring the safety of the traveling public.”

“Global aviation safety will benefit from closer cooperation between the Foundation and ACI,” President and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation Dr. Hassan Shahidi said.

“ACI has always recognized the importance of collaboration and communication when it comes to driving safety performance improvements, and we are looking forward to a long and beneficial relationship.”

Additional areas of cooperation between the two organizations  may also include review of wake turbulence and required separations, aerodrome operations in low visibility, data on runway incidents and accident investigations, ICAO obstacle limitation surfaces, airport lighting, markings and signage, runway safety team activities, safety awareness campaigns, airport driver training and vehicle tracking.

Notes for editors

  1. Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2019, ACI serves 646 members, operating 1,960 airports in 176 countries.
  2. More information on ACI’s work on Airport Safety.

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