More than 250 international representatives assembled in Dubai for the second Aviation Safety Culture Summit, which was hosted by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA).

The event highlighted that uniform policies and co-operation between regulators and operators and air services suppliers has led to significant improvements in aviation safety in the UAE, positioning the country as a regional leader in safety culture within the industry.

The two-day summit comprised of panel discussions covering a range of topics, including initiatives that are currently in place to improve aviation safety. The sessions focused on how to develop a global aviation safety plan, how to improve co-operation between partners in the industry, how some countries can face the challenges of applying aviation safety plans and the importance of developing the necessary human capital and creating training programmes to create a safety culture among the workforce.

The summit showed that 2013 has been the safest year on record with regards to the number of fatalities and second-safest year for the number of accidents worldwide. Regionally, UAE airlines were shown to be amongst the safest in the world.

Ashish Jain, Senior Vice President, Group Safety & Security, Qatar Airways commented: “Companies need to take a business-like approach to safety. We need to continue improving our methods of capturing data, reporting incidents, and managing our safety information through detailed analysis and insight.”

Gary Lloyd, Senior Consultant at NATS, also explained that: “As the industry forges ahead with cutting edge technology and services, improving safety standards is an integral component to improving service delivery, capacity and environmental impact. The best solutions do not trade off safety against service, but find ways to improve both.”

The event was sponsored by Honeywell, NATS, Boeing, AAL Group, dnata, Maximus Air, Chevron and Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, supported by AviAssist Foundation and organised by Streamline Marketing Group (SMG).