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Bahrain 2012: UAE and Bahrain sign "milestone" MRO certification agreement

Posted 20 January 2012 · Add Comment

Bahrain and the UAE have signed what was described as a “milestone agreement” for the licensing of MRO services and facilities.

Captain Abdulrahman Al Gaoud, the undersecretary  for Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs and H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suweidi, director general of the UAE’s GCAA signed an memorandu of understanding (MOU) at the show yesterday.

The agreement will now mean MRO organsiations  that are recognised by one country will automatically be recognised by the other.

“This leads to a cost saving for both countries and saves a lot of duplicated effort as well,” Al Suweidi said. Currently both Bahrain and UAE send separate auditors  to licence and renew approvals. With both the A6 (UAE) and A9C (Bahrain) registered aircraft operating around the world there is a growing demand for maintenance.

Al Gaoud said the agreement was a “milestone” for the region and said he hoped this was the first stage of a joint aviation agreement that would stretch across the whole of the Gulf countries.”

Al Suweidi said there had been talks with Kuwait, Oman and Qatar and that there was general support for the concept which could also extend to other areas of the authorities’ responsibilities including training and crew licensing.

 PICTURED: H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suweidi director general of GCAA and Capt. Abdulrahman Al Gaoud, Undersecretary, Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs at today's signing

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