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Chinese Government donates medical supplies to the Civil Avi...

19 March 2021

The Chinese Government donated a stock of essential medical equipment...

හදිසි තත්වය පාලනය වෙනුවෙන් කැපවූ ආරක්ෂක අංශ නිලධාරීන් ඇගයීමට...

23 February 2021

පසුගිය දෙසැම්බර් 30 දින කාර්යාල පරිශ්‍රය තුල විදුලි කාන්දුවක් හේතුවෙන්...


The Chinese Government donated a stock of essential medical equipment and supplies to the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka to be used for assistance to frontline staff involved in the fight against COVID-19.


The medical aid included 270 Protective clothing and shoe covers, 24,000 disposable face masks, 4,800 KN95 face masks, 120 goggles, 500 pairs of disposable gloves & 5 sterile lamps.


The donation was handed over by H.E Qi Zhenhong, The Chinese Ambassador to Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama, Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer on 16th March 2021 at a ceremony held at the Chinese Embassy in Colombo.


Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Actg. Deputy Director General (Corporate Affairs), Dr. Bimal Dias, Senior Civil Aviation Inspector (Aero Medicine) along with senior officials of the Chinese Embassy were present on this occasion.


පසුගිය දෙසැම්බර් 30 දින කාර්යාල පරිශ්රය තුල විදුලි කාන්දුවක් හේතුවෙන් හටගත් හදිසි ගිනි තත්වය ක්ෂණිකව මැඩපැවැත්වීම වෙනුවෙන් කැපවී කටයුතු කල ආරක්ෂක අංශයේ නිලධාරීන් ඇගයීමට ලක්කිරීම සිදුවිය.
ආරක්ෂක නිලධාරීන්ගේ කැපවීම සහ අවබෝධයෙන් යුතුව සේවයේ නිරතව සිටීම හේතුවෙන් හදිසි තත්වය පාලනය කිරීමට හැකි වූ බැවින්, ආරක්ෂක කටයුතු අධීක්ෂණය භරව කටයුතු කරන අතිරේක අධ්යක්ෂ ජනරාල් පී. ඒ. ජයකාන්ත මහතාගේ නිර්දේශ මත මෙම සේවා ඇගයීමේ වැඩසටහන සංවිධානය කරන ලදි.
සිවිල් ගුවන්සේවා අධ්යක්ෂ ජනරාල් කපිතාන් තේමිය අබේවික්රම මහතා විසින් එදින සේවයේ නිරතව සිටි ආරක්ෂක අංශ නිලධාරීන් වෙත සේවා ඇගයීම් ලිපි සමගින් මූල්ය තිලිණ ප්රධානය කල අතර එම අවස්ථාවට අතිරේක අධ්යක්ෂ ජනරාල් පී. ඒ. ජයකාන්ත මහතා ද සහභාගී විය.
CAASL rolled out a COVID-19 vaccination program in co-ordination with the Sri Lanka Health Ministry.
The vaccination program is another step forward to safeguard our colleagues who serve many aviation industry customers who walk through our office premises to obtain services.
Together with other measures, we ensure the health and safety of our valuable customers, employees, and the communities. The program was launched under the guidance of Mr. Upul Dharmadasa Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka & Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama Director General of Civil Aviation.
The program was organized and implemented by Dr. Bimal Dias and the Aeromedical staff of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

































On 7th December each year, the community engaged in air transport industry commemorates the International Civil Aviation Day which coincides with the birth anniversary of the Convention on International Civil Aviation which is commonly referred to as the ‘Chicago Convention 1944’. In 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that 7 December of each year was to be the International Civil Aviation Day with the purpose of commemorating the anniversary of emergence of the Convention on International Civil Aviation on 7th December 1944 laying the foundation for the establishment of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and also for recognizing the importance air transport industry for the socio economic development of all countries of the world without any distinction.

It is a regulatory requirement to appoint an Aviation Security Service Provider with a license issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for the provision and maintenance of Aviation Security Services at the civil airports in Sri Lanka.
On successful completion of the certification process, conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) Aviation Security Inspectorate under the leadership of Mr. P A Jayakantha (Deputy Director General Aviation Security Regulation) since the year 2015, Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited (AASL) was issued the Aviation Security Service Provider Licence, on the satisfactory demonstration to the Director General of Civil Aviation of their conformance to the applicable requirements, stipulated in terms of the provisions in the Civil Aviation Act. No. 14 of 2010.
The AASL will continue to provide the aviation security services, in accordance with the approved Airport Security Programme in which they are authorized to provide Aviation Security Services at civil Airports in Sri Lanka, namely Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake, Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Colombo Airport Ratmalana, Batticaloa International Airport and Jaffna International Airport.
The Aviation Security Service Provider License was awarded to Major General (Rtd.) G. A. Chandrasiri (Chairman AASL) by Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama (DGCA and the Appropriate Authority for Aviation Security) at a simple reception, held on 08th September 2020 at CAASL headquarters, Katunayaka with the participation of Mr. Amitha Wijayasuriya (Vice Chairman CAASL), Mr. P A Jayakantha (Actg. Additional Director General CAASL) and Mr. Rajeewasiri Sooriyaarachchi (Vice Chairman AASL) together with senior officials of CAASL, AASL and Aviation Security stakeholders including State Security agencies and industry in attendance.

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The Ambassador of the Russian Federation, H. E. Yuri Materiy called on the Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama on 21st July 2020 at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. 

The Ambassador stated that the Russian Government is preparing to lift travel restrictions for passengers of 09 countries including Sri Lanka based on the overall trend of COVID-19 cases and handling of the crisis.

The Ambassador provided suggestions and their proposed operational plans on resuming of international scheduled passenger operations to Sri Lanka subject to complying with the necessary health & safety protocols.

Appointing of well-trained hostage negotiators in a Sate, as a part of the crisis management team engaged in hostage taking situations such as aircraft hijacking (air piracy) is an internationally recognized norm that is in practice in all ICAO Member States. 

This requirement is an essential element in respect of resolving civil aviation incidents relating to aircraft hi-jacking and holding the passengers and the crew as hostage. The two international conventions referred as Hague and Tokyo Conventions by which the international law has been formulated. Sri Lanka has ratified both Conventions. 

This national requirement has been addressed at the National Civil Aviation Security Committee (NCASC) meetings since 2016 and it is becoming a reality today, with 09 senior Police Officers being appointed as the members of the Hostage Negotiator-Team to be engaged in civil aviation environment. These officers have undergone hostage negotiator course offered by the United Nation Mission, USA in the year 2006. 

The appointment of 09 Senior Police Officers as the Members of the Hostage Negotiator – Team was held today the 16th July at the Ministry of Defence. (Today)

Here the appointment letters were presented by Major General (Retd.) Kamal Gunarathna, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Chairman National Civil Aviation Security Committee.
Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority presented the Certificates of Acceptance to the appointees.

Nineteen 19 Drone Operators from around the country were awarded Letters of Authorization for Drone Surveillance Operation in Humanitarian Tasks at Headquarters, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) in Katunayake today (26th June 2020).
From a total pool of 89 applicants who had responded favourably to the Web Advertisement posted by CAASL which invited all potential Drone Operators to offer their services to strengthen the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) primarily to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, they were among the 34 candidates short-listed after identifying them as capable for immediate deployment in Aerial Monitoring/Surveillance using Drone Technology in humanitarian tasks such as Remotely Monitoring for Dengue Prevention, Wildlife Protection, Human Elephant Conflicts, Disaster Management & Recovery , Archeological Sites protection etc; by respective Authorities/Agencies of the Government of Sri Lanka, as the immediate need for Drones’ use against COVID-19 pandemic itself subsided with the great success achieved by Sri Lanka now in that aspect.

They all have been successful at the Evaluation Process of the CAASL which consisted of a written Knowledge Test, physical Inspection of the Airworthiness of Drone Equipment & Remote Control Panel, Drone flying Practical Skill Test, a Medical Examination and a Police Report.

The Executive Committee members of Sri Lanka Association of Airlines Representatives (SLAAR) called on the Director General of Civil Aviation & Chief Executive Officer Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama on 06th July 2020 at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

They discussed the current and future airline operations in Sri Lanka and the Officials exchanged their views with DGCA. DGCA appreciated the commitment of local representatives towards the betterment of the aviation industry of Sri Lanka. SLAAR, is an association that represents over 30 foreign airlines in the Country. 

Mr. Gerard Victoria, President of SLAAR represented the association along with his office bearers Ms. Dushy Jayaweera, Ms. Thanuja Lankathilake, Mr. Eustace Silva, Mr Gyan Amerasinghe and Ms. Parveen Dassenaike.

Mr. P A Jayakantha, Deputy Director General (Aviation Security Regulation), Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Director (Air Transport & Economic Regulation), Mr. Ishara Gunawardena, Manager (Air Services & Traffic Rights) from the CAASL were present at this meeting. 

Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP-CMA) 2020 - Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka were scheduled to be audited under the USAP-CMA, during the period 10th - 19th June’20. Scheduled audit was postponed indefinitely, owing to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 which affected almost all ICAO Member States. Currently, ICAO has 193 Member States.

BIAUnder the Universal Security Audit Program (USAP) - 2nd cycle, Sri Lanka were last audited in
the year 2012 May 24th-31st, based on her performances on the effective implementation of aviation security oversight system, under eight critical elements in nine audit areas.
Sri Lanka scored a very satisfactory 85.06%, well above the world average of 67.89% based
on the results of 145 States already audited by then were taken into account out of the total of 191 Member States.

 The postponed audit would be rescheduled by the ICAO shortly, hopefully towards the end of year 2020.

Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka donated equipment that will enhance the facilities of the Medical Research Institute’s (MRI) Department of Virology. MRI has been supporting the Aviation Industry by providing the lab facilities for the PCR tests done at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
According to the advice of Mr. Upul Dharmadasa, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, and Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama, Director General of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer, the equipment was handed over on 23rd June by Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Director (Air Transport & Economic Regulations) and Dr. Bimal Dias, Senior Civil Aviation Inspector (Aviation Medicine) to the MRI’s Dr. Jude Jayamaha, Consultant Virologist.

The Cabinet of Ministers has previously granted approval to appoint a Cabinet Appointed Negotiation Committee and a Project Committee to assist in its task to examine the proposal made by the Airports Authority of India in respect of the operational activities of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport and make recommendations. Accordingly, the Joint Proposal made by Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Prime Minister, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, the Minister of Finance and Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation to pursue future action in accordance with the Report prepared by the said Committee containing its recommendations, was approved by the Cabinet.

Civil Aviation Authority of Sri lanka was established in terms of Act No.34 of 2002, on 27th December and today CAASL is celebrating it's 16th Birthday.

Through out the past sixteen years CAASL has been able to reach very good standards in the Universal Safety and Security Oversight Audits held on compliance of Standards and Recommended Practices . CAASL has also been a supportive facilitator to the aviation industry stake holders and has tremendously supported to the development of aerodromes in the country with the advise of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation.

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Mr. Shigeaki Tetsuka, managing director of OSSEC Inc., has donated 4,000 medical face masks to Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) on April 17, 2020 for COVID-19 infection prevention, and Mr. Upul Darmadasa, Chairman of CAASL accepted the generosity and expressed gratitude to Mr. Tetsuka’s on behalf of CAASL.

Mr. Tetsuka told CAASL that he hoped the face masks could help CAASL employees to reduce a fear of virus infection on duty.

OSSEC, Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, produces unique data security application for PC and mobile users. It is designed to resolve threats of unauthorized access to and data leakage of confidential information by encryption system.

OSSEC has been used among government agencies, police department and self-defense force in Japan and is ready to expand its market to governments and financial institutions in Southwest Asia countries this year.

CAASL is happy to announce that arrangements have been made in liaison with its official Banker, the Bank of Ceylon to enable Members of Public who wish make all payments electronically for services rendered by the CAASL.

Accordingly Members of Public who wish to make a payment through online may opt to receive such services after giving consent in writing for deduction of applicable bank commissions (3%) in addition to the applicable regulatory payment to be made to the CAASL. If they wish to receive a confirmation electronically SMS will also be provided subject to recovery of costs.

However, if any payment is to made in cash, such payments will continue to be accepted at the counter of the cashier.