CASSOA PROJECTS

Aviation Examination System

The EAC civil aviation examination system is an initiative launched in May 2014 and which aims to establish a common computerised personnel licensing examination system for aviation professionals in the region including pilots, flight engineers, aircraft maintenance engineers, air traffic controllers and flight operations officers.

The overall goal of this initiative is to improve the safety of civil aviation within the region through harmonisation of examination questions for aviation personnel. The system, which is a first for a regional economic community on the continent, is targeted to have a databank of 20,000 questions.

CASSOA is the host of the examination system, procured from LPLUS GmbH of Germany, while the Partner States will provide the bulk of the examination questions to populate the examinations bank. The Agency also coordinates several working groups responsible for validating and uploading questions into the central repository.

It is expected that the system will equal or supersede that used in Europe in terms of scope, diversity of exams provided and the interface to other working tools currently used to facilitate issuance of licences and certificates.

 

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Centre For Aviation Medicine(CAM)

The Regional Centre for Aviation Medicine was borne of the need for civil aviation authorities of EAC Partner States to access an aviation medicine facility that complies with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Medical Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The core function of the Centre is aeromedical safety oversight.

The Partner States acknowledged the need for the Centre after taking part in ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) where a number of shortcomings in the implementation of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) were noted and a recommendation was consequently made for the formation of the Regional Aviation Medicine Centre of Excellence code-named the CENTRE for AVIATION MEDICINE (CAM).

The Board of CASSOA at its 23rd Meeting held 5th-6th August 2013 in Zanzibar approved the resumption of the operations of the CAM whose interim location is the CASSOA headquarters in Entebbe, Uganda.

Functions of the CAM

  • Evaluate and ensure conformity or compliance with ICAO Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and the EAC Regulatory Provision of the Partner States in the field of aviation medicine.
  • Carry a Skills audit and develop a databank of Designated Medical Examiners in the region and aviation medicine by arranging basic, advanced and refresher training programmes.
  • Establish a process for continous review and update of the medical aspects of CAA (Personnel Licensing) Regulations to keep abreast with ICAO SARPs changes.
  • Develop an appeal system for dissatisfied license holders.
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