UK Civil Aviation Authority will review Maldives CAA helicopter regulatory oversight capability

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UK CAA to provide helicopter operations review for the Maldives CAA

The Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (MCAA) has appointed the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) to provide an in-depth review of MCAA’s helicopter regulatory oversight capability.

In December 2016, the Maldives government revealed their intentions to re-introduce commercial helicopter operations in the archipelago, more than 15 years since the island nation ceased using helicopters. The new helicopter operations could provide a significant boost for the tourism industry and provide transportation links to several new island resorts.

Building on a long-standing relationship with the UK CAA and CAA International (CAAi), MCAA was eager to work with a fellow aviation regulator to assess MCAA’s oversight capability and provide recommendations to enable effective safety oversight.

Led by UK CAA flight operations specialists, the project will include a full helicopter operations risk assessment. UK CAA experts will support MCAA and AOC Accountable Managers to establish the intentions of the operations and recommend how these operations can be achieved safely. The project will also involve an offshore helideck review, to provide a complete “risk picture” of future helicopter operations.

Maria Rueda, International Operations & Development Director of the UK CAA said, “We are delighted to once again, be able to provide our technical support to the Maldives CAA. This study will play an important role in ensuring that MCAA has a sound regulatory framework in place and the necessary technical capability to oversee commercial rotary flight operations in accordance with international standards”.

The project is expected to commence later in June 2017.