The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) this evening said it is working with operators on the restoration of interior shuttling flights which were suspended on Wednesday.
A statement from the GCAA follows:
Following the suspension of shuttle operations for domestic air operators on August 30, 2017, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is working with domestic air operators to review and approve policies and procedures document to conduct shuttle operations.
The GCAA has adopted the International Civil Aviation Organization five phase process for approval of operator’s manual on shuttle operations. The process entails 1) Pre-application phase, 2) Application phase, 3) Document evaluation, 4) Demonstration and Inspection and 5) Certification.
The GCAA is aware of the socio-economic impact of the suspension especially on hinterland residents. The GCAA officials are working around the clock to evaluate submissions made by operators. To date submissions were received by the GCAA from National Air Transport Association (NATA) and Trans Guyana Airways.
All day today September 2, 2017, the Authority’s Flight Operations Inspector was aboard Trans Guyana Airways flight conducting demonstration inspection to ensure documented procedures are observed by the operator. Inspections were conducted on flight operations into Olive Creek, Blake Slater and Kamarang aerodromes.
Based on the demonstration inspection, Trans Guyana Airways is required to amend their manual after which certification of their shuttle operations should be completed on or before Wednesday September 6, 2017.
Meanwhile, the GCAA is working with the other operators to bring their operations into compliance for them to be certified for shuttle operations.
The GCAA reaffirms that its action was necessary to enhance safety of the travelling public and aviation personnel. The Authority will continue its increased surveillance of Air Operators.