Member States
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
     
Executing Agency

International Civil Aviation Organization

ICAO

FSIX

RO-BKK



Partners

Co-operative Development of Operational Safety and
Continuing Airworthiness Programme – South Asia
(COSCAP-SA)

The Programme, which commenced in February 1998, is resultant of a cooperative agreement signed between the Civil Aviation Administrations of South Asian States of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, for the enhancement of safety, regularity and efficiency in civil aviation. The Participating Civil Aviation Administrations are designated as 'Members' and the Donor agencies such as Airbus, Boeing, Federal Avaition Administration (FAA)- USA, European Commission, Transport Canada, IFFAS-ICAO which support the activities of the Programme either in cash and/or kind are designated as 'Partners'. Later on Afghanistan joined COSCAP-SA in 2009.

The activities of Programme are spearheaded by a high level Steering Committee which comprised the Heads of Civil Aviation Administrations of the Participating States and the International Civil Aviation Organization which is responsible for the execution of the Programme in accordance with the Programme Document and decisions of the Steering Committee which meets at least once a year and is attended by Members, Partners, and Aeronautical Service Providers, aircraft and airport operators, on invitation.

The Programme is financed by a Trust Fund which consists of Member States' annual subscriptions and contributions of donor agencies including Partners.

In order to improve coordination and interactions between the Member States and the Programme Management in the execution of Programme activities, each Member has designated a senior official attached to the respective Civil Aviation Administration to be the National Coordinator who acts as the focal point in that Member State in regard to activities of the Programme.

The long term objective of the Programme is to evolve itself into a Regional Safety Oversight Organization (RSOO. As a significant steps towards reaching this goal, the Participating States have already entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, institutionalizing the Programme in the region when the Programme entered its third phase effective 01 January 2008.

The other objectives of the COSCAP - South Asia (Programme) are to overcome deficiencies in the safety oversight capabilities of the Member States by providing a regional core of highly qualified inspectors specialized in the field of Personnel Licensing, Aircraft Operations, Airworthiness, Aerodromes and Air Traffic Services to support the national inspectors of the respective Member States to perform the full range of initial certification and continued surveillance functions relating to civil aviation and/or to undertake such task on behalf of the participant States at the request of such States.

The programme will also enhance the individual safety oversight capability of each participant State by providing both theoretical initial and recurrent training together with on-site training to national inspectors and conducting systematic assessment of States' compliance with the applicable International Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) relating to civil aviation and making suitable recommendations to overcome deficiencies or upgrade the civil aviation safety oversight system. The specific acitivities intended to be addressed during the third phase of the Programme is specified in the Programme Document - Phase III.

The seat of Chairman, of COSCAP-South Asia is held by Mr. Wangdi Gyaltshen , Director, Department of Civil Aviation, Royal Government of Bhutan The programme office is currently located at Dhaka, Bangladesh and has started operating from its new office from 24th July, 2011.

The programme has a full time Programme Coordinator and two aviation experts specialized in Flight Operations and Airworthiness. Arrangements have also been able to obtain services of Regional Experts (Home Based) on short term basis depending on the requirements of the Member States.

 

(updated on 29-Apr-2013 )
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