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Newsletter August 2017

An interview the Acting Director of Safety, Orlando Mahendrepersad

Safety Management
Aviation (civil) is dynamic meaning that the industry changes and evolves constantly. As such Aviation Safety must also adapt and evolve according to the industry to maintain the required levels of Safety.
To achieve this ambitious goal Surinam Airways has implemented a Safety Management System (SMS) which provides for goal setting, planning, and measuring performance.
SMS is in fact an organized approach to managing safety. The Director of Safety oversees the Safety Department that collaborates with various departments and is overall responsible for the organizational safety.
The Safety Department does not dictate safety but rather assists the operational departments to maintain the required level of safety.
All personnel shall be committed to adopt a proactive approach by means of reporting to identify deficiencies, expose hazards and raise safety concerns.

Why do we need a Safety Management System (SMS)? It is a known fact that 100% safe flight operation is unachievable. Failures will occur, despite the most accomplished prevention efforts which is why Surinam Airways has a Corporate policy that commits the organization to a culture that has safety, security and quality as fundamental operational priorities by full compliance with the international- and local regulations (ICAO, CASAS, FAA, etc.) and industry’s best practice. It promotes a safety, security and quality culture with the understanding that human error is an opportunity for improvement, rewarding desirable behaviors, but never allowing willful violations of company procedures. The aim is to change the circumstances that lead to an event rather than to assign blame to persons, and to prevent the same error is repeated. According to the iceberg model, the events such as accidents and incidents are manifestations (10%) of a complex set of underlying contributing factors such as behavior-, mental- and systematic structure (90%).
It is the job of the Safety Department to investigate any safety related event or incident by using 3 methods: The reactive method responds to the events that already happened, such as incidents and accidents; the proactive method looks actively for the identification of safety risks through the analysis of the organization’s activities (e.g. audits); the predictive method captures system performance as it happens in real-time normal operations (e.g. Flight Data monitoring).

Safety and security, what’s the difference?
Aviation security is the set of measures and resources implemented to prevent malicious acts (terrorism) targeting aircraft, their passengers and crew members. One measure involves the notion of deliberate human intervention. For example, X-ray and explosives trace-detection portal machines in airports and physical search (pat down) contribute to security.
Aviation safety relates to protection against all accidents, errors or unintentional defects in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of aircraft through a continuing process of “hazard identification” and “risk assessment/management” to reduce the risk of harm to persons or property damage. This must be maintained at, or below and acceptable level.
A safety issue does not have to be a security issue but a security issue can affect safety.

IOSA
The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership. It was created in 2003 by IATA. The companies are included in the IOSA registry for a period of 2 years following an audit carried out by an organization accredited by IATA, the Audit Organization (AO). The auditing standards have been developed in collaboration with various regulatory authorities, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the USA, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Transport Canada and the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA). IATA oversees the accreditation of audit organizations, ensure the continuous development of IOSA standards and practices and manages the IOSA registry
Surinam Airways has been proudly IOSA – certified since 2007 -without interruptions- which means that it has been confirmed that the required levels of safety have been met, ever since.

Surinam Airways online raffle

On the upcoming 30th August 2017 SA is celebrating her 55th anniversary. With reference to this joyous occasion a few activities are organized in which are tried to reach the big ” Surinam Airways family “. One of these activities will be the Surinam Airways website and Facebook online raffle. Only Surinam Airways passengers can participate in the online raffle. So it is recommendable to fly on the Trusted Wings to and from your destination. All passengers who have flown with Surinam Airways between 1st May 2017- 1st December 2017 will be considered for nice prizes . Via the website www.flyslm.com/ one can participate by means of a hyperlink to the post of the Online Raffle page. The ticket number of passengers count as raffle number. Surinam Airways is putting together an attractive prize package and passengers can win the following: 5 tickets to any Surinam Airways destination, 30 discount coupons worth $55 and 25 gift packages. Fly Surinam Airways and win!

Jazz Outdoors Concert with the Graduates”- A concert for music lovers!

Artistic talent is profoundly appreciated at Hotel Residence Inn. This year the Conservatory of Suriname proudly presents its first Conservatory Graduation 2017 concert at which graduated Bachelor in Music students will show their talent in Theater Thalia.
Residence Inn is one of the main sponsors of this event and on this occasion a Jazz Outdoors Concert with the Graduates is being organized on Friday, September 1. During this concert which will of course take place in Residence Inn Paramaribo, the guests can fully enjoy the young and professional Surinamese talent to be displayed by amongst others the following graduate Bachelors in Music: Jason Eduard, Louise Naarden, Guillaume Fredison, Elvin Pool, Gordon Brandon, Stephan Apianai, Laurence Gudge and John Schaken.
Jazz is a music style originating from West African rhythms which assimilated in the United States of America into a mix of blues, ragtime and folk music. In the course of time, Jazz also found its way to Suriname and this year, the fifteenth Suriname Jazz Festival was organized in July. On September 1, at 20:00 hrs, Jazz will once again be put in the spotlights in Suriname and we truly hope to greet you during this special musical night at Residence Inn Paramaribo.

METS info

Maroons are the direct descendants of Africans brought to Suriname, during the 17th century, primarily from West Africa for the express purpose of enslavement. Today still a great part of the Maroons live in villages scattered gracefully on rivers, a few miles south of the Atlantic Ocean down to the Brazilian border at the base of the Amazon Rainforest, as well as to the Eastern part of this country, close to the border with French Guiana.
There are six groups or tribes of Maroons, each having its own leader or “Granman” (Grand Chief). They are the Ndjuka (also commonly referred to today as Aucaners), Saramaka, Paramaka, Matawai, Aluku or Boni and Kwinti. Each of their tribes has managed to successfully maintain their African-based culture (including their languages). While the exact date of the arrival of West Africans for enslavement in Suriname is unknown, it is generally accepted that they were brought here in the early 1600s. Extremely significant to prospective and returning visitors about this population is that the Maroons of today continue to live according to the traditions as their ancestors did over 400 years ago. This state of purity remains the most important attraction.

First Annual Tourism Month in Suriname

The UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) has themed 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. On the September 27, World Tourism Day is celebrated worldwide. This day is meant to promote tourism internationally and to stimulate people across the world to learn about different cultures. This years’ theme is: ‘Sustainable Tourism: a tool for development’. In this light, the Suriname Tourism Foundation (STF) celebrates the first annual Tourism Month, together with other businesses and organisations in Suriname.

The tourism sector is versatile and can contribute immensely to the sustainable development within the economic, social and cultural domains, as well as to the development of environmental and forest policy. Surinamese businesses are capable of a lot and have proven to offer (tourist) products and services of high standards. The government also plays an important role in the tourism development in Suriname. Besides that, awareness of the Surinamese community regarding tourism in Suriname is of utmost importance for the development of sustainable tourism. Tourism Month therefore is a perfect opportunity to emphasize the tourism potency of Suriname and to enlarge the awareness of the Surinamese community regarding tourism.

During the month of September, activities related to tourism in the broadest sense will be held. The STF has called upon organisations and companies in Suriname to organise activities, such as an open house, or create special offers during September. The Foundation will register all activities or special offers during this month and will be listing them on her website and Facebook page. The aim of Tourism Month is to raise awareness about the importance and potential of tourism for Suriname and give tourism a positive push in the right direction. Follow the Suriname Tourism Foundation on Facebook for updates on the activities during Tourism Month.