GCAA Board Meeting at the Dubai Airshow sees the launch of innovative new initiatives
posted on Nov 26, 2017
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Board of Directors held their 5th meeting of 2017 during the Dubai Airshow under the Chairmanship of His Excellency H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of GCAA. The Board reviewed the financial statements for the third quarter of 2017 and approved the GCAA budget for the year 2018.During the meeting the Board also addressed a range of topics including measures to ensure the safety of UAE airports and airspace in preparation for the winter fog. The Board also launched some new initiatives including a world first helicopter application and the new “Edarti HUB”.
GCAA launched a ‘first of its kind’ technical innovation application at the Dubai Airshow. The application provides a database of continually updated, technical information about vertical airstrips and locations in the UAE for helicopters. The application includes a database of 151 vertical airstrips covering all emirates for helicopter users such as helicopter companies, police helicopters, search and rescue and medical as well as senior personnel. The launch of the application was part of the TRA's technical innovation initiative to enhance the helicopter industry.
HE Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority, said: "The General Authority of Civil Aviation seeks to play its role in the development of the country and enable the civil aviation sector to contribute to the achievement of the federal government's strategy. It will be the first application of its kind to be applied by the vertical ramps. Usually information about vertical ramps is only available manually and not updated. The application will mostly target the provision of humanitarian services and will be available for all vertical hubs of hospitals, in addition to the airfields located in major cities, thus allowing helicopter users to carry out their tasks effectively."
During the show GCAA also launched the Edarti HUB, which is a one stop, integrated platform that consolidates all internal services for GCAA employees and is compatible on a wide range of devices helping to create a paperless work environment. The HUB solution has a large array of features including a centralized task management system for managing the resource utilization, measuring employee happiness and team collaboration. For instance, a user can directly create a ‘Minutes of Meeting’ and assign tasks against each action item and then track progress. The application also features live social media feeds providing a real time display of GCAA news and events to enhance employee experience and engagement. Edarti also features a ‘ChatBot’ which simplifies internal service delivery mechanisms creating an interactive and easy to use system for GCAA employees to do things like apply for leave and book transport etc.
H.E Saif Mohammed al Suwaidi, Director General of the GCAA said: “We are continually upgrading our internal and external systems with innovative technologies that improve our operational capabilities and improve efficiency. Early adoption of these ground breaking technologies is one part of a wider strategy to make the UAE a global centre of aviation excellence.”
*Source: Newgate Communications