The National Association of Air Traffic Engineers (NAAE) has called for recognition of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) in Annex 1 of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) document.
The association’s President, Engr. Ishaya Dung who disclosed this in his welcome address at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of NAAE, said the non-recognition has a psychological effect on this category of professionals worldwide, thereby making it a safety issue.
“Sadly, we are yet to be recognized in ICAO Annex 1. This has psychological effect on all ATSEPs worldwide making it a potential safety concern. This informed our choice for the theme for this year’s edition of our Annual General Meeting, ‘AVIATION SAFERTY-THE ATSEP LINK’. We hope that the ICAO General Assembly under the leadership of Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu (ICAO President), will consider our inclusion when we present our safe case during the next ICAO General Assembly in 2019,” he said.
Dung commended the Lagos State government for developmental prowess especially in the area of road construction of which the Lagos airport is a beneficiary as this is expected to ease vehicular traffic.
Declaring the event open, the Honourable Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika who was represented by Engr. Clement Awobami said aviation professionals in safety were interdependent and therefore, could not do without one another. He expressed confidence that the meeting would promote safety as an important factor in aviation business.
In his paper, the Managing Director of Aero, Capt Ado Sanusi, who was represented by Engr. Temitope Seun supported the call for licensing of ATSEPs.