Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority with the GCAA investigation team
His Excellency Saif Mohamed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) officially opened the Air Accident Investigation Department’s comprehensive Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) laboratory, on Monday August 15th 2011 at the GCAA headquarter in Abu Dhabi.
The laboratory is managed by the Air Accident Investigation department, headed by the Executive Director Ismaeil Abdel Wahed.
H.E Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi said on this occasion: ‘The GCAA investigates every civil aviation accident in the UAE or outside UAE if the accident was related to one of our national airlines. The GCAA Aircraft Accident Investigation Department investigates the accident or serious incidents 'Findings, Causes and Contributing Factors' that lead to determining the Probable Cause of the accident or serious incident’.
He Continued: “This highly qualified Laboratory will not only be an essential tool for air accident and incident investigations, but it will also reduce the cost and time and dependency on other investigation bodies, which will lead to enhance the aviation safety in the UAE”.
“The GCAA will then issue Safety Recommendations intended to enhance aviation safety by preventing the reoccurrence of the accident causal factors. The addition of a flight recorder lab will significantly improve the ability to fulfill this primary responsibility”. He added.
Ismaeil Abdel Wahed, Executive Director of Aviation Investigation explained: “Modern aircraft are complex, the aircraft systems record significant amounts of flight data and technology advances have made flight data analysis and playback a widely accepted, necessary, and practical activity for all aviation authorities charged with investigation responsibilities”.
“The GCAA laboratory provides the capability to download readout and analyze flight data and cockpit voice recorders information for all aircraft types on the UAE civil register, using the state of the art analysis tools provided in the CAE/Flights cape flight data analysis laboratory” He added.
This system is used by the majority of investigation authorities and air safety investigators around the world, providing up to date information for UAE investigations and greatly facilitates collaboration during complex international investigations with other transport investigation agencies in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Canada and North and South America.