About Aviation Investigation Bureau
The Aviation Investigation Bureau
"AIB" of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an independent governmental
entity under the direct supervision of Chairman for Board of Directors of
General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). The idea was initially came
as a result of Board of Directors' Resolution No. 76-6 dated 05/11/1431H –
22/12/2009 and later was effective due to resolution number T-160 dated
29/05/1433H – 28/03/2012G.
The AIB is financially, administratively and operationally independent from the
Regulator (GACA) and the industry as a whole.
The AIB extensively cooperates with the
Regulator and the industry on issues relating to aviation safety and promoting
its awareness. It also cooperates with international agencies and other States'
investigation authorities under the agreements and memorandums of
understandings to which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is signatory to, in
the interest of improving aviation safety.
The Aviation Investigation Bureau of the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (AIB) does not apportion blame, nor provide the means
to determine liability in aviation incidents or accidents, in compliance to
ICAO Convention, Chicago 1944; annex 13.
In discharging its functions of improving
aviation safety, the Aviation Investigation Bureau of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia "AIB" always ensures the following:-
- Conducts impartial investigations.
- Allots its resources in a manner where the greatest benefit to aviation safety improvements may materialize.
- Make safety recommendations based on systematic processes.
- Ensures safety recommendations are followed up.
- Utilizes expertise and information from its in-house capabilities, as well as, from safety experts from the aviation industry.
- Ensures that its capabilities are developed and shared to fulfill its mission.
To be recognized as an international leader in
advancing global aviation safety.
- Advance aviation safety through independent occurrence investigations and safety studies.
- Promote an effective and comprehensive safety reporting system.
- Communicate risks and safety recommendations.
- Respect: Fostering an environment that allows staff to contribute, innovate and excel in all aspects.
- Integrity and impartiality: In all activities.
- Competence: Continual professional and technical development.
- Transparency: Exchange information to enhance aviation safety.
AIB is looking forward – in the foreseeable
future – to seeing itself successful by undertaking its role in aviation
investigations as a result of any accident or incident involving civil
aircrafts within the territory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi aircrafts
or aircrafts operated by Saudi nationals over the high seas or territories not
owned by any country in accordance with conditions and controls set forth in
the investigation regulations that governs aviation occurrence investigations
which is mentioned in ICAO's Annex 13 "Aircraft Accident and Incident
Investigations" and Annex 19 "Safety Management", which were
promulgated based on the authority granted in Article 179 of the Civil Aviation
Act that has been approved by the Council of Ministers Resolution number 185
dated 17/07/1426H – 22/08/2005G.
AIB has four major departments as follows:
- Safety Analysis.
- Financial & Admin Affairs.
- Engineering Lab.
On November 04, 2013 (01-01-1435h) regulations
establishing the Aviation Investigation Bureau (AIB) for the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia was into full effect. On this date, the AIB assumes sole authority
for the conduct of aviation incidents and accidents in the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia. The AIB is located in the northern side of King Abdulaziz International
Airport "KAIA" in Jeddah, and facilitated with state-of-the-art
aviation investigative equipment. The AIB performs its functions
around the clock, receiving all kinds of notifications for various occurrences
and taking actions.
AIB Formulation Challenges:
Getting the right people on board in any
startup, including a governmental agency, is a very important and difficult
task. Not only by doing efficiently what they know, but they also have to
know how to build it right. In addition to investigating occurrences, AIB
teams are being put together and would be responsible for building a system,
policies, procedures and processes. This is what AIB was tasked to do
from day one.