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CAA reveals new structure plans

PUBLISHED: 13:04 27 January 2014 | UPDATED: 13:04 27 January 2014

The CAA says it "intends to concentrate its resources and efforts where they will have the greatest effect" under the newly formed Safety and Airspace Regulation Group (SARG).

The CAA says it “intends to concentrate its resources and efforts where they will have the greatest effect” under the newly formed Safety and Airspace Regulation Group (SARG).

Following the structural reorganisation merging its airspace and safety functions late last year, the CAA has released further of how it intends the merged departments to work.

Setting out the objectives of SARG, Group Director, Mark Swan, confirmed that ‘performance-based oversight’ will lead its activities, allowing the CAA to ‘regulate in a more intelligent way’.

This ‘performance-based oversight’ will identify, and then tackle, the areas of greatest risk using information generated by safety management systems and other sources of information.

“UK aviation has one of the best safety records in the world, but the pressure on this record is increasing,” he said. “To help make a difference, we need to concentrate our resources and efforts where they are going to have the greatest effect.

“We also need to get better at identifying emerging risks, and to put the right amount of effort into each risk, or reduce effort where the risk is less. That means moving to a more performance-based approach and the new set up of SARG will be crucial in achieving that.”

The CAA also claimed that improvements to its processes and services have already begun to take effect, and will play an increasingly important role in how the newly restructured organisation operates.

Centred around a services ‘Hub’ in the CAA’s Gatwick headquarters, a new co-ordinated customer service unit serves as a focal point for many enquiries and applications from individuals and organisations.

The CAA will begin contacting organisations it regulates – including airlines and airports – over the coming weeks to explain in more detail what the changes will mean on an operational level.

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