BLP failure

Walcott and Ince trade words over aviation status

Opposition Senator Dr Jerome Walcott has questioned what is being done by the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that Barbados attains Category 1 status as set down by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Speaking in the Senate during debate on the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Walcott noted that ICAO had in place a category system, which was implemented in conjunction with the International Aviation Safety Assessment.

Based on that system, ICAO determines which countries meet its standards and which do not.

He said it was clear in the tables published by ICAO, that Category 1 countries meet ICAO standards, while Category 2 countries do not.

The Opposition Senator pointed out that the most recent figures for 2015 show that the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Antigua and Trinidad and Tobago have Category 1 status, while Barbados is listed as a Category 2 country.

Senator Dr Jerome Walcott & Senator Jeptor Ince
Senator Dr Jerome Walcott & Senator Jeptor Ince

While acknowledging reports of work being done to upgrade the current status, Walcott sought details from Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner.

However, in a hard-hitting response, Government Senator Jeptor Ince, charged that as far back as 2005 when the country was awash with funds, nothing was done by the former Barbados Labour Party administration to ensure that the country achieved Category 1 status.

Ince contended that if the BLP had dealt with Barbados’ status in 2005, the ruling Democratic Labour Party administration would not be confronted with the issue in 2016.

“Those questions were asked back in 2005 when the BLP had all of the money, all of the resources to deal with it and nothing was done to address the issue.

“There were worse conditions for officers at the Grantley Adams International Airport and now you are going to hear questions being asked,” he charged, claiming, “It was the BLP that allowed the horse to bolt from the stables and now the DLP is making all of the attempts to close the stable doors.

In a direct attack on Dr Walcott, he also said: “The Senator who is asking the questions sat in a critical role in a Government that could have dealt with this matter.”

Ince contended that the Freundel Stuart administration was dealing with the situation with the appointment of retired pilot, Captain Keith Robertson as a consultant to the Civil Aviation Authority.    

Ince gave Barbadians the assurance that with the appointment of Robertson and the amendments to the civil aviation laws, Barbados will achieve Category 1 status under the DLP administration. (NC)

4 Responses to BLP failure

  1. harry turnover July 7, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Ince you join the queue in blaming the BLP for what they should have done in 2005 ????? as though the BLP should have done EVERYTHING up to that time.
    You going back to 2005….well I gine back to 1966.
    ERROL BARROW is to take blame for ALL the ILLS that has happened .He should have made sure that EVERYTHING was in order BEFORE he said he wanted to be INDEPENDENT.
    In 1966 HE WAS THE ONE who BROKE TIES with the Queen.
    If she was still the HEAD of State,Briton would have ensured that the NONSENSE that is going on since 2008 especially would not have happened

  2. BimJim July 7, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Barbados does NOT have a CAA – Civil Aviation Authority – which is an A-POLITICAL INDEPENDENT COMPETENT body with the legislative authority, power and resources to oversee the country’s aviation sector.

    What Barbados has is a DCA – Department of Civil Aviation – which is comes under a political Ministry and is 100% politically controlled. It is also incompetent, unable to manage its own affairs, understaffed, and underqualified to deal with ANY matter of imprtance – and has been that way for DECADES.

    The Department of Civil Aviation also comes under the Official Secrets Act, yet a former Antigua Minister of Aviation is part and parcel of the Department as an Inspector and consulted about every move the Director makes.

    This Department of Civil Aviation is a national disgrace, and has been made so by successive DLP and BLP governments through neglect and political machination.

    ICAO created the safety ratings Category 1 and 2 for countries, bnot for individual airports, and Barbados falls short of Categiry 1 in so many ways if it were an investment it would be called Junk.

    The USA took the ICAO Category and created their own IASA regulations, then started performing the country evaluations – because they want to control which country’s airlines can enter their country. Nobody else on the planet cares a damn about the ICAO/IASA rating, so Catefory 1 is only necessary if you want your country’s airline to fly to the USA or its Territories.

    Barbados has failed so many times – and the status is still so poor – that the last time the US team left (after evaluating it Category 2) they are rumoured to have told the Director of Civil Aviation not to bother to call for another evaluation for at least another ten years.

    By the way, due entirely to incompetence and political corruption, TIA2000 just decided NOT to start up again, slamming the door on almost 100 qualified people – engineers, poilots, clerical – who were in the line for productive work in aviation in Barbados. GREAT WORK, DLP Cabinet!! You shut out yet another revenue centre!!

  3. harry turnover July 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Notice an AD in one of the newspapers yesterday for Air Traffic Controllers and Cadets.
    Don’t know if that is something new,but I have NEVER seen an Ad for such . I also noticed that the salary scales have been downgraded with a Grade ! Controller now having Z 6 as its maximum.
    In previous years it was at Z 1.
    Maybe that is an error or it could be the reason why the Ad was placed .

  4. Green Giant July 10, 2016 at 12:35 am

    The D L P will get a cold glass of Lemonade for you and you will be history mate @ harry turnover


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