Published On: Wed, Feb 22nd, 2017

Dutch Civil Aviation Inspectorate released damning report on InselAir, CCAA and DCA

InselTHE HAGUE - Civil Aviation Inspectors from the Netherlands (ILT), who traveled to Aruba and Curaçao to conduct an investigation into the air-worthiness of Insel fleet and the competence of the Aviation Authorities of Aruba and Curaçao, has released a very disturbing and damning report that travelers should take keen note of since airworthiness and flight safety of Insel fleet of Insel Aruba and Insel Curaçao have great risks.

The Dutch Junior Minister Sharon Dijksma informed the second chamber on February 21st advising them on the safety situation of InselAir all of which was based on the findings of the Aviation Inspectorate of the Netherlands (ILT). The letter was sent to inform the second chamber on the findings and the follow-up actions taken by the ILT. During the week of February 5th, a team of inspectors conducted and indebt investigation in conjunction with the local civil aviation authorities of Aruba and Curaçao who requested their assistance. The Junior Minister stated in her letter that the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) does not have the required legal framework in place to guarantee compliance and other legal requirements. Certain part of the legislation does not meet international norms and standards. The CCAA does not have sufficient competent staff, an insufficient structure while proper management is lacking. ILT also concludes that there were insufficient independence and objectivity towards InselAir. InselAir International seems not to be in compliance with essential parts of Aviation Legislation, creating a huge safety risk for travelers.

The Supervisory system of CCAA was unable to prevent the high safety risk caused by InselAir. The report further states that ILT was not able to get sufficient insight into the agreements that were made for the “wet-lease” with other airlines for the lease of aircraft’s that are currently transporting passengers internationally for InselAir. As per Aruba, the department Civil Aviation (DCA) has sufficient staff with broader and more diverse experience, a good management structure where internal procedures have been established. The supervision remarkably focuses on the inspections of the daily operations — the so-called product inspections, while in a limited amount of time on system levels. Insel Aruba is not in compliance with essential parts of Aviation legislations that has elevated a very high safety risk, while the supervisory level of DCA was also not able to prevent these risks for travelers. The high safety risks involved demanded actions, as such in consultation with the Minister of Economic Affairs of Curaçao, the Curaçao has agreed with the assistance from ILT and the transfer of authority to supervise InselAir International and also to evaluate the current wet-lease agreements. Besides, that ILT will work closely with CCAA to provide reinforcement for them and to ensure that proper legal basis is established along with supervision.

As per Aruba, the department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has sufficient staff with broader and more diverse experience, a good management structure where internal procedures have been established. However, supervision remarkably focuses on the inspections of the daily operations — the so-called product inspections, while a limited amount of time was placed on system levels. Insel Aruba is not in compliance with essential parts of Aviation legislation which has created a very high safety risk, while the supervisory level of DCA was also not able to prevent these risks for travelers. The high safety risks involved, demanded actions, as such in consultation with the Minister of Economic Affairs and Transportation of Curaçao, Curaçao government has agreed with the assistance from ILT and the transfer of authority to supervise InselAir International and also to evaluate the current wet-lease agreements. Besides that, ILT will work closely with CCAA to provide reinforcement for them and to ensure that proper legal basis is established along with supervision.

While in Aruba discussions were held with Minister of Tourism and Transport of Aruba, who also agreed that ILT will be formerly involved in the re-certification of and the future the decision to release the grounded aircraft of InselAir Aruba. ILT and DCA will work closely to improve the quality of DCA in Aruba, ILT will be granted formal authority to conduct the work they have decided to do. Clearly, both CCAA and DCA have been proven to be incompetent bodies that could not guarantee flight safety for travelers.

Both countries within the Kingdom, Curaçao, and Aruba will sign a collaboration agreement with ILT and make separate legal agreements to grant ILT the necessary authority to execute the tasks. The outcome of the joint inspections with Curaçao, Aruba and ILT are necessary to guarantee the flight safety of InselAir. The Junior Minister made it clear that unless she receives clearance from ILT that flight safety has been guaranteed, the Minister of Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk will join her in maintaining the travel prohibition for Dutch Civil Servants and the Marine Corps.

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