IFA was delighted to announce that for 2014 they awarded two scholarships. Runar Sighvatsson, Airworthiness Inspector, Icelandic Transport Authority and Ms Margo Marchbank, section Head Safety Promotion Communication and Managing Editor ‘Flight Safety Australia’, Civil Aviation Authority.
Runar works for the Icelandic Transport Authority. In April 2014 Runar achieved an MSc degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management with distinction undertaken at City University, London and was nominated by Senior Lecturer, Cengiz Turkoglu. Runar’s final project at City University was to analyse “Difference between EU and US regulation regarding continuing airworthiness”.
The Icelandic Transport Authority were delighted that Runar was awarded the scholarship and have fully co-operated with IFA in asking the FAA for an International Training Agreement to be arranged which will allow Runar to attend the FAA Air Carrier Continuing Analysis and Surveillance System (CASS) course was held in February 2015 in Oklahoma City, USA.
Margo was delighted to be awarded the scholarship and used her portion of the fund to attend the Airline Engineering and Maintenance Safety Conference held in London in July 2014. Margo remarked that “ the conference gave me a very beneficial opportunity to broaden my understanding of SMS and HF in the maintenance/airworthiness world and will directly inform the current work I am dong on promotion of Safety Management System (SMS) awareness and in particular our SMS resource kit, as well as future articles in ‘Flight Safety Australia’.”