Department of Civil Aviation is an expanding its wing to be a global provider for the development civil and commercial aviation operations by developing countries which require a bugger regulator and operator agencies role.
DCA has started to pitch the presence in Africa continent through its civil aviation commission African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC). AFCAC comprises of 54 member states and it is very strong component in International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
ICAO is the United Nation body for commercial and civil aviation which issues the standards and recommended practices (SARP), in accordance with the international law for aviation.
In the recently 25th AFCAC Conference in Egypt, Minister of Transport Dato’ Seri Liew Tiong Lai said after the plenary session “The ties between Malaysia (DCA) with AFCAC is soaring. Malaysia and AFCAC have long standing of successful partnership”.
The training of foreign air traffic controllers, search and rescue and security supervision for airport management are being undertaken by the Malaysian Aviation Academy (MAvA). It is an arm under DCA.
MAvA is in the process of getting acredditation, is now an associate member of the ICAO Trainair Plus Programme network of training organisations. DCA is working to get the full membership with Train Air Plus.
DCA have trained AFCAC operators under Malaysian Technical Co-operation Program (MTCP), which a fund under the management and disbursement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.. The most recent is we have trained three of their personnel for “search and rescue” operation course.
Malaysia have also reached MOU with Latin American states.
Training programs for civil and commercial aviation authority operators on under and developed nations just like the one with MAvA utilsing the MTCP fund, is actually an extension of the Malaysian foreign policy.
It is derivative of the South-South Co-operation, where technical expertise are being extended.
This opens up the opportunity that the trainings offered by MAvA be operated in the host countries where more people could be trained and in their operating environment.
It is also good opportunity for Malaysians to go, be exposed and learn from their people there.
DCA have been the implementer for MTCP since 1984 and now with the expansion of MAvA, the role and exercise could be expanded further with the indirect benefit be translated through a further extension of the Malaysian foreign policy and better position in global arena.
This is already made history after the experience of the loss of MH370 on 8 March 2015 and MH17 on 17 July 2015, where recommendations made by the DCA through the Minister of Transport presentation in ICAO meetings, have been put to the works.
As the cliche’ goes, ‘People get wiser after the event’. Here is an opportunity where the wise comes before the event. It is wise for Malaysia. It wise of Malaysians travelling by air. It is wise for other people in other carriers travelling by air through the Malaysian airspace.
DCA offer training for courses that are not being offered by other agencies. In the words of DCA Director General Dato’ Seri Azharuddin Abd. Rahman, “We are already there, and we want to move forward”.