37th Command Safety Conference of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) was held on 13 March 2014 in ‘Falcon Hall’ Dhaka, organized by Directorate of Flight Safety, BAF. Command Safety Conference is held once in a year. Over the period of time, safety conferences have played instrumental role for establishing a safety culture in BAF. In recent years, the booming prospect of aviation both in military and civil sector of Bangladesh, the importance of such seminar is of vital importance. 37th Command Safety Conference highlighted BAF safety performance by reviewing flying hours, accidents and incidents for the year 2013. It also featured sharing of knowledge, safety ideas and discussion by representatives from sister services, civil aviation organizations and civil airlines.

Chief of Air the Staff, Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari, ndu, psc graced the occasion as chief guest. Principal Staff Officers, Air Officer Commandings of different bases, Directors of Air Headquarters, Officers and Airmen from different bases/units attended the conference. The participants and attendees from sister services and civil organizations included representatives from:

  • Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • Bangladesh Army (Army Aviation)
  • Bangladesh Navy (Naval Aviation)
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB)
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines
  • RAB Forces
  • R&R Aviation
  • Bismillah Airlines Limited
  • Galaxy Flying Academy Limited
  • Bangladesh Flying Academy
  • ZHSWMCH (R & R Aviation)
  • MAF Bangladesh/li>
  • Bangla International Airlines Ltd

The conference was divided into two sessions. Upon arrival of the Chief Guest, the first session started with recitation from the holy Quran followed by a presentation on BAF Flight Safety Issues by Director of Flight Safety (DFS). In this presentation, DFS reviewed BAF’s flight safety performance for the year 2013 through statistical representation and analysis of different occurrences. The first session also included review of the minutes of the last conference by DFS followed by discussion on agenda items and open discussion. After the first session there was a tea break. Other sister services and civil organizations also joined the tea break. Right after tea break, the second session of the conference started with opening address by Air Vice Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, ndu, psc, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Administration). Then, DFS presented on BAF/National/Global flight safety issues. In his presentation, Contemporary Global Flight Safety Practices & Thoughts – a window of improvement he reviewed BAF’s safety trend and performance over last 10 (Ten) years and global overview of the accidents/incidents of civil airlines for the same period with statistical analysis. He highlighted on flying-hours achievement, different occurrences with critical analysis to raise safety awareness for achieving better safety performance in coming years. His review followed speeches by Air Officer Commandings’ of different BAF bases. The Air Officer Commandings’ speech mainly focused on various activities pertinent to flight safety and achievements for the year under review. Gp Capt Md Abu Zafar (Retd) of R&R Aviation Ltd made valuable contribution by narrating his personal experience in the seminar.

It is to be mentioned that the briefing and speeches of guest speakers from R&R Aviation also featured the conference.

Chief of Air the Staff (COAS) distributed Flight Safety Trophy for best safety performance at base level and squadron level followed by his closing address. BAF Base Bir Sreshto Matiur Rahman received the ‘Inter Base Flight Safety Trophy’ and 11 Squadron, BAF was awarded with Khademul Bashar Inter Squadron Flight Safety Trophy for the year 2013. Chief of the Air Staff (COAS) in his closing remarks stressed upon maintaining safety standard by all means in the face of ever increasing involvement of BAF both in operation and training field.

The closing speech of COAS, Other speakers and photo gallery of the Conference are available in the links below: