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CAA reorganisation continues

The CAA has released further details of the newly created Safety and Airspace Regulation Group (SARG).

The Authority has released further details of its recent structural reorganisation. It had announced last year that it would be merging its airspace and safety functions to strengthen its oversight role. Now, all major stakeholders are being contacted with further details of the new SARG.

The new Group Director, Mark Swan, in setting out the Group's objectives, confirmed that ‘performance-based oversight’ will lead its activities - allowing the CAA to regulate in a 'more intelligent way'. He adds that, using information generated by safety management systems and other sources of information, 'performance-based oversight' will identify and tackle areas of greatest risk.

He added:
'UK aviation has one of the best safety records in the world, but the pressure on this record is increasing. To help make a difference, we need to concentrate our resources and efforts where they are going to have the greatest effect. We also need to get better at identifying emerging risks, and to put the right amount of effort into each risk, or reduce effort where the risk is less. That means moving to a more performance-based approach - and the new set-up of SARG will be crucial in achieving that.'

The CAA also pointed out that improvements to its processes and services have already begun to take effect, and will play an increasingly important role in how the newly restructured organisation operates. Centred around a services ‘Hub’ within the CAA’s Gatwick headquarters, a new co-ordinated customer service unit serves as a focal point for enquiries and applications from individuals and organisations.

The CAA added that it will begin contacting organisations that it regulates over the coming weeks to explain in more detail what the changes will mean on an operational level.

Hopefully, practical results will soon emerge from this 'performance-based oversight' . . details from the CAA below . .

  • 27 January 2014
  • GANG

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