International Flight Safety Seminar-2011 was held on 18 and 19 October 2011 in the Falcon Hall, Dhaka under the arrangement of Directorate of Flight Safety, Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). The seminar was one of the premier international events of BAF. Hence, Chief of Air Staff along with Principal Staff Officers, Air Officer Commanding of different bases and Directors of Air Headquarters have attended the seminar. Besides, Defence attaché/military attaché of different Embassies/High Commissions in Bangladesh, representatives and participants from different civil organizations including airliners were present in the seminar. However, this time BAF received participants from 09 (Nine) friendly countries. The countries were:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Jordan
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  • Malaysia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • United States of America (USA)

The participating local organizations were as follows:

  • Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism
  • Armed Forces Division (AFD)
  • Bangladesh Army (Army Aviation)
  • Bangladesh Navy
  • Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI)
  • Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST)
  • Coast Guard
  • Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB)
  • Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)
  • Fire Service & Civil Defence
  • Padma Oil Company
  • Best Aviation Ltd
  • Bismillah Airlines Ltd
  • Easy Fly Express ltd
  • Galaxy Flying Academy
  • Novo Air
  • Regent Airways
  • South Asian Airliners Ltd
  • Square Air Ltd
  • United Airways
  • Youngone Airlines

The seminar was inaugurated by Major General Tarique Ahmed Siddique, rcds, psc (retd) Adviser to Hon’ble Prime Minister on 18 October 11. On the other hand, Mr Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Finance graced the occasion as chief guest during closing ceremony on 19 October 11.

The theme of this year International Flight Safety Seminar was “Experience sharing – A tool for expounding flight safety.” The seminar provided a platform for mutual interaction under the umbrella of Flight Safety. Keeping the theme in mind diverse topics were prepared and presented by different teams both from home and aboard. These presentations and discussion sessions certainly clarified some mind-boggling queries and would definitely provide a stimulant to all participants towards furthering the cause of better Aviation Safety. It is expected that such interactions and endeavors would foster for better cooperation and understanding among friendly Air Forces and aviation related organizations which would be beneficial for improving International Aviation Safety.

The chief guest for the opening ceremony Major General Tarique Ahmed Siddique, rcds, psc (retd) highlighted in his inaugural speech that this seminar would enable all of us to assume an effective role to the benefit of thousands of flights in our own domain to the safety of hundreds of aviators, millions of passengers and their management every day. He further stated that, seminar of this kind would also provide us a common platform, a common language, a common purpose to share on any Flight Safety matters in future.

During opening ceremony Chief of Air Staff of Bangladesh Air Force Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman ndc, fawc, psc highlighted that, Flight Safety, be it in civil or military, revolves around the preservation of precious resources, both men and machines, while achieving the organizational objectives. The objectives in the civil aviation sector are driven by the need for efficient and safe transportation of passengers and to satisfy business needs. In the military aviation, the objective is to train realistically and conserve national air power capability thereby preserving the war fighting potential of the nation. In his speech he also highlighted that, in such a challenging and demanding environment, Flight Safety remains an effective “Force Multiplier” for any organization.

In the closing ceremony the Chief guest Hon’ble Minister Mr Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, MP expressed his deep satisfaction for arranging such an international seminar. He thanked Bangladesh Air Force for being the host of a knowledge enriching event. He urged upon all to practice safety as a part of culture. In the end, the Hon’ble Chief Guest handed over the certificates to the moderators, participants and declared the seminar adjourned.

The two days seminar was divided in four different sessions. These sessions were chaired by former Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force; Air Vice Marshal Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, ndu, psc (retd) (Member of Parliament), Air Vice Marshal Mumtaz Uddin Ahmed, psc (retd), Air Vice Marshal AG Mahmud, TBt, psa (retd) and the current Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman ndc, fawc, psc. During the sessions, a total of 09 (Nine) topics were presented in the seminar. The following 05 (Five) papers were presented by participants from BAF:

  • Mid Air Collision: Stay on Guard
  • The Role of CRM in Enhancing Safety
  • Safety Culture and Human Behavior
  • BAF 3rd Line Maintenance – A Step Forward to Flight Safety and Self-Reliance
  • Threat and Error Management

The rest 04 (Four) papers were presented by participants from friendly Air Forces i.e. Sri Lanka, Turkey, USA and UK, which were as follows:

  • The Impact of Human Factor Towards the Flight Safety – By Sri Lanka Air Force
  • Risk Management Process and MISHAP Investigation – By Turkish Air Force
  • Runway Incursion; Discuss the Ongoing Trend of RW/CMAV Problems in USAF/ANG – By United States Air Force
  • The Practical Induction of Error Management Across All Discipline – By Royal Air Force, United Kingdom

After each presentation, there was a healthy interaction session where audience clarified their quires and gave valuable opinions and suggestions. At the end of first day, a cultural evening was arranged at BAF Shaheen Hall. The seminar Dinner was arranged on 19 October at the pool side of Tejgaon officers’ mess, Dhaka. You may visit in the following link to browse all the important events of the seminar.