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SA aviation regulator to roll out new licences in bid to curb fraud

SA aviation regulator to roll out new licences in bid to curb fraud

  • The SA Civil Aviation Authority will phase in a new card licence system as from May this year.
  • It will have certain security features to make it difficult to replicate.
  • The card licence will be rolled out for all licensed personnel categories, not only flight crew licences.

South Africa's aviation regulator, the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), on Wednesday announced the introduction of card licences for aviation personnel to replace the current booklets used for identification.

South Africa one of the pioneering countries in this regard.

"It is clear, as shown by research, that environmental considerations and policies can ultimately influence technological innovation," Deputy Minister of Transport Dikeledi Magadzi said during the launch ceremony, while SACAA CEO Poppy Khoza described the new card system as "nifty, convenient, simpler, safer, and more environmentally friendly".

The new card licence comes with security features that will make it difficult to replicate and also prevent the ability to counterfeit, alter or modify the information on it. Scanning of the digitally secure bar code allows access to real-time information anywhere and any time. Although information can be accessed through the barcode, for security reasons, this information cannot be downloaded.

The rollout of the card licence will take place through a phased approach, starting with the Private Pilot's Licence and Student Pilot's Integrated Licence on 3 May 2021. The rollout of the other licence categories will be communicated via the SACAA website and other online media platforms.

The card licence will be rolled out for all licensed personnel categories, and not only flight crew licences.

"The level and speed of adaptation to innovation and technology for any client-centric organisation, is critical. As countries and organisations across the globe continue to move into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the SACAA equally started to strategise on the best way to improve our service offering to aviation stakeholders, and to do so in a comprehensive and systematic manner," said Khoza. "The SACAA's drive towards automation does not stop with the card licence."

Magadzi said the South African civil aviation industry is highly regarded globally in terms of compliance with global standards that regulate air transport.

"This is not by sheer luck, but through determination and steadfast focus on the assigned mandate," said the deputy minister.

"Efforts are ongoing to ultimately implement an integrated ticketing system in the public transport environment, through which we aim to efficiently and more effectively cater for passenger needs and promote public transport."

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