The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), through the U.S. government's Safe Skies for Africa Program, are pleased to announce training based on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 14. This five day course will address issues in Airport Operations/Management certification in both classroom and on-airport working sessions for key airports in West Africa. This class will be held November 15-20, 2009, at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana.

The course will begin with an opening reception at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 15. The classroom and on-airport working sessions will be held Monday through Thursday, November 16-19, and will include classroom instruction through lunch and the early afternoon, followed by on-airport working sessions at the Ghana International Airport. The morning of Friday, November 20, will be devoted to a "train the trainer" session. The course will then conclude at 12:00 p.m. on November 20. This certification course, including all written course materials, will be presented in English, with French translation.

Course topics will include:

  • ICAO Annex 14 Aerodrome Design and Operations
  • ICAO Annex 14 Standards
  • Airport Certification and Inspection
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Airfield Marking and Lighting
  • Wildlife Management
  • Runway Safety Action Teams
  • Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting.

The course is designed to:

  • Provide practical (classroom and on-airport) experience each day on how to apply ICAO Annex 14 standards, including explanations on why the standards exist and what they are meant to accomplish.
  • Help delegates understand the reasons for these ICAO standards from the pilot's point of view and from airport management's viewpoint.
  • Help participating airports develop a methodology on how to handle issues that do not meet ICAO SARPs, and how to notify aviation users.
  • Assist airport staff in understanding the process of participating in commercial airline accident investigations.
  • Assist in the development of an Airport Certification Manual specific to each airport.
  • Provide delegates with "train the trainer" materials to allow them to teach the course in their home countries.