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5th Pan American Aviation Safety Summit

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The 5th Pan American Aviation Safety Summit took place during from September 8-12, 2014 at the World Trade Center of Curaçao. The event featured the presentation of risk mitigation programs, garnering the attention of over 200 delegates representing airlines, civil aviation authorities, airports, manufacturers and regional and international industry associations.

Over 50 airline representatives attended the Summit with insightful sessions that delved in detail about safety challenges in the industry, as well as initiatives to counteract their effect. The topics ranged from Safety Priorities for Latin America and the Caribbean and the latest developments on Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I), Control Flight into Terrain (CFIT) to Mid-air Collisions (MAC) and Runway Excursions (RE), as well as the optimization of the use of data and technology to identify risk trends.

Curacao´s Minister of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning, his Excellency Mr. Earl Balborda, issued a message to convey the importance aviation merits from the states in the Caribbean and the role that is played by the industry in the sustainable development of the island’s economy. Representatives from Curaçao included Oscar Derby, Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Curacao & RASGPA and Albert Kluyver, CEO of the hosting airline, InselAir.

“The ALTA Safety Summit is one of the most significant gatherings of safety professionals in the world, where industry leaders share safety-critical information regardless of livery or regional markets,” said David Zwegers, Safety Director Latin America and Caribbean for Airbus. Carlos Cirilo, Director for Safety and Operations for the Americas at IATA, added, “The safety summit is the single most important event every year for the aviation industry in the LATAM/CAR region to have the opportunity to meet face to face to discuss and fine-tune the strategies and programs that will lead us to a safer sky for our passengers.”

For more information about the 5TH Pan American Aviation Safety Summit please visit http://www.alta.aero/safety/2014/home.php