‘39th Command Safety Seminar’ of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) was held on 14 March 2016 in ‘Falcon Hall’ Dhaka, organized by Directorate of Flight Safety, BAF. Command Safety Seminar is held once in a year. Over the period of time, safety seminars 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 has increased the importance of such seminar. 39th Command Safety Seminar highlighted BAF safety performance by reviewing flying hours, accidents and incidents for the year 2015. It also featured sharing of knowledge, safety ideas and discussion by representatives from sister services, civil aviation organizations and civil airlines.

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar, BBP, ndc, acsc graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Principal Staff Officers, Air Officer Commandings of different Bases, Directors of Air Headquarters, Officers and Airmen from different bases/units attended the Seminar. The participants and attendees from sister services and civil organizations included representatives from:

  • Armed Forces Division (AFD)
  • Bangladesh Army (Army Aviation)
  • Bangladesh Navy (Naval Aviation)
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB)
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd
  • Bismillah Airlines Ltd
  • Bangladesh Flying Academy & General Aviation Ltd
  • Regent Airways (HG Aviation)
  • BRB Air Ltd
  • ZHSWMCH (R & R Aviation)
  • Galaxy Flying Academy Limited
  • US-Bangla Airlines
  • United Airways (BD) Ltd
  • South Asian Airlines Ltd
  • True Aviation Ltd

The seminar 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 2015 through statistical representation and analysis of different occurrences. 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. 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 light refreshment. Representative from civil organizations and sister services also joined at this time. After tea break, the second session of the seminar started with the opening address by Air Vice Marshal M Naim Hassan, OSP, afwc, psc, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations and Training).

Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) and Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) presented two key note papers in the seminar. BAF presented on ‘Embedded occupational safety hazard vs induction of 4th generation aircraft in BAF’. CAAB presented on ‘Flight Safety Activities : Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB). There was open discussion at the end of each presentation.

Chief of Air Staff (COAS) distributed Flight Safety Trophy for best safety performance at Base level and squadron level followed by his closing address. BAF Base Bashar received the ‘Inter Base Flight Safety Trophy’ for the year 2015. 11 Squadron, BAF was awarded with ‘Khademul Bashar Inter Squadron Flight Safety Trophy’ for the year 2015. 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.

Opening Address by Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations and Training), Presentation by DFS and the Closing Speech of COAS are available in the links below: