2019 CAAC-ACP Airline Operations Safety Symposium

On November 6-7, 2019 CAAC, The Boeing Company and ACP held its Fifth Airline Operations Safety Symposium in Xiamen, China. Our previous symposia featured important subjects, among others, related to loss of control; pilot training; technology contributions to airspace capacity and future operations; implementing safety management systems, importance of data; voluntary reporting; and maintenance and engineering programs. This week’s Symposium brought many of these subjects together under the important umbrella of Continued Operational Safety or COS. 


CAAC Chief Pilot Wan Xiangdong, Flight Standards Department DG Zhu Tao, and Aircraft Airworthiness Department DG Xu Chaoqun led the esteemed Chinese delegation which included many ACP friends from CAAC and its regional administrations, representatives from over 40 Chinese airlines, OEMs, MRO, and aviation research institutes and universities. There were 190 registered participants for this important two-day safety dialogue.


ACP Co-chair Sherry Carbary, US Consul General Jim Levy, and CAAC Chief Pilot Wan Xiangdong provided welcome remarks. Vice President, B737 Chief Project Engineer Mike Murphy of Boeing Commercial Airplanes led the distinguished Boeing team of safety experts. The outstanding FAA delegation was co-led by FAA Aircraft Certification Service Executive Director Earl Lawrence; and Flight Standards Service Executive Director Rick Domingo. Earl and Rick provided keynote and other subject matter speeches and participated in many of the discussions. We also were joined by ACP Co-chair Nicole Didyk Wells and USTDA Director of Program Management, East Asia, Steve Winkates.  Several ACP Member companies, including Collins Aerospace, GE Aviation, Pratt and Whitney, and United Airlines also participated.


During his remarks, Chief Pilot Wan encouraged CAAC and ACP to enhance our joint strategic cooperation and sharing of relevant safety and technology experience that represent “win win” activities for both countries. He also stressed the importance of the US-China relationship and encouraged the FAA to further support the ACP platform; Chief Pilot Wan further opined that ACP was an “outstanding vehicle” to share relevant aviation safety experience and to learn from one another.