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Irish Aviation Authority Wins Global Aviation Safety Award

By Dave Simpson
Irish Aviation Authority Wins Global Aviation Safety Award

The Irish Aviation Authority's (IAA) Aireon Alert service has been awarded the CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award 2020 (GASS) for its contribution to reducing aviation risk in the past 12 months.

IAA Chief Executive Statements

IAA chief exeutive Peter Kearney said that it is an honour to receive this award, which recognises excellence in air traffic management (ATM) safety, from the air traffic management industry on behalf of the IAA and Aireon.

Kearney stated, "Safety is the priority in everything we do. The IAA ATM service provider has always been at the forefront of air navigation service innovation, and we invest in technology and skills to improve the safety and efficiency of aviation. Aireon Alert provides a unique safety service to the global aviation industry, saving lives and assisting in search and rescue.

"This award is a timely boost to the IAA, in recognition of the essential air navigation services that we continue to provide despite the current health crisis. As the IAA moves to restructure in the coming months, in line with government policy, it is this type of global-leading innovation that will help to lead Irish aviation out of this crisis.

"Despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19, the IAA and air navigation service providers throughout the world must continue to prioritise investment in global leading innovation and technology, and this must be supported by all key stakeholders, for the benefit and safety of passengers. In accepting this award on behalf of the IAA, I am reflecting the embedded safety culture across our company and the benefits this brings to passengers and the wider aviation sector."


IAA Chairperson Statement

Meanwhile, IAA chairperson Rose Hynes commented, "Winning this global award for excellence in air traffic management is a great achievement, and I am very proud of and congratulate the IAA team both in Ballygirreen, Co. Clare, where Aireon Alert is based, and at each of our locations across the country. The IAA has long been recognised as a leader in the provision of safe and efficient air navigation services, and we will continue to work with our stakeholders and customers to deliver a safe, agile and high-quality service in the years to come."

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