The Virgin Islands today will join the rest of the world in celebrating International Civil Aviation Day under the theme “Assistance and Cooperation for Globally Sustainable Air Transport.”
Acting Director of Civil Aviation, Mr. Andrew St. Hilaire explained to the Department of Information and Public Relations that by celebrating this day locally it will help persons to better understand that aviation is a global transportation network that spans the world.
In essence there is a standard of safety that you are assured wherever in the world you desire to fly.
Traditionally the day is celebrated with activities such as flag raisings, award presentations, air shows, exhibitions, tours and symposia.
“As this is our first year of participation the day will be commemorated with a message from the Minister for Communications and Work, Honourable Mark Vanterpool and a GIS Radio Report which will give more details about the day and how our participation will benefit the people of the Territory,” Mr. St. Hilaire stated.
According to the Acting Director, future celebratory activities will include air shows, aviation meetings, inaugural flights, and enhancements in aviation services.
“The celebration is encouraged to be kept year round and so pairing such recurring activities with the theme would help to keep the general public as well as stakeholders abreast of aviation advancements in safety and security,” Mr. St. Hilaire concluded.
Persons wishing to learn more about International Civil Aviation Day are encouraged to tune in to the Department of Information and Public Relations’ GIS Radio Report this evening at 6:15 p.m. on ZVCR 106.7FM, 6:35 p.m. on ZBVI 780AM and at 10:00 p.m. on ZROD 103.7FM.
Member States of ICAO are encouraged to celebrate this day annually since 1994 in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1944 Chicago Convention in order to raise awareness of the importance of International Civil Aviation and the role that ICAO plays in promoting safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport.