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International Civil Aviation Day: Ensuring air safety compliance

It is International Civil Aviation Day today, marking the importance of global civil aviation and the role that the International Civil Aviation Organization plays in air transport. 

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CEO of the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Poppy Khoza says South Africa is a key signatory in the organisation. 

Since 2015, the theme for each year has been “Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind”. The programme highlights the importance for air transport systems across the globe to comply with international requirements, ensuring air travel is safe. 

According to the United Nations, the campaign supports ICAO’s efforts to assist countries in implementing their Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). 

Khoza says in South Africa, the CAA focuses more on transformation in the industry and getting more candidates to join air travel. 


Khoza also gave advice to youngsters who want to become engineers or pilots in the field.

She says it is important for pupils who are in lower grades to take up studies such as Mathematics and Physical Sciences if interested in pursuing a career in aviation. She says the industry is desperate for pilots and engineers. 


The CAA hosted an air show in the Western Cape today.

To find out more about the SA Civil Aviation Authority, click here.

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