Today is the International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO Day.
The day is celebrated to knowledge the importance of aviation in respect of safe and rapid travelling and transportation across the world as well as the core role of ICAO which provides a comprehensive global network for the welfare and benefit of mankind.
The theme of the celebration is ‘Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development’.
The International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO is an arm of the United Nations in charge of air transportation.
Created in 1944, ICAO ensures the promotion of a safe and orderly development of civil aviation. It standards and recommended practices has over the years helped in aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity in the global industry.
A development Aviation stakeholders, Olu Uhunayo and Femi Adeniji say, had helped Nigeria to sustain it safety and security records with regular audits and training programmes.
“They have supported us and we have always tried as much as possible to go above the recommended practices the minimum set by ICAO and that has put us in their good books. It he pls because every single airliner or aviation operator in Nigeria look after themselves”.
With the reopening of borders for the resumption of flight operations after the lifting on the lockdown, the president, Aircraft Owners, Pilots Association of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Nwuba says, ICAO was in the forefront of ensuring that planes were back in the skies.
” ICAO has done a great job, they keep on the forefront of understanding and expanding the sector and that is a very good thing”.
As regards this year’s theme, ‘Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development’, aviation expert, Mr. Ikechi Uko say, through technology, the sector had continued to look at what everyone sees but seeing it differently and look not through the window but at the outdoors for new spaces, shapes and new dimensions.
“As seen, airlines are becoming more innovative pivoting into cargo as a way of surviving”.
As demand for air transport increases, flight movements will increase this will mean opening of new routes, increase in security checkpoints, expansion of aprons, runways, installation of more navigation facilities and terminal buildings.
Others are looking for new fuel, new designs and quieter aircraft to reduce carbon footprint among others.
How do the global industry intend to handle twice as many passengers as today within the next 20 years ? This is the question that innovation must address according to industry analysts Mr. Supo Atobatele and Wole Shadare.
“Through technology now in the aviation industry, you will see that the industry globally is not static. They whole world has been able to use technology to advance aviation and that is very good, aviation will continue to innovate”.
They stressed that, innovation in the industry must come through a more collaborative approach, breaking down silos and increasing collaboration.