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Gov’t to introduce inspections of all aircraft at local airports

The Terrance B Lettsome Airport on Beef Island

Premier Andrew Fahie has indicated that the government will be aiming to redevelop civil aviation regulatory services in the territory this year.

Civil aviation refers to all non-military aviation, both private and commercial.

Premier Fahie said the government will be working to establish an office to offer maintenance and inspection services to helicopters and other aircrafts.

“This means implementing an Industry Surveillance Programme by introducing the inspection of all aircraft and helicopters at airports,” Premier Fahie explained.

He did not say how much the government is looking to earn from these new services or how many locals are projected to be employed.

These plans for improved aviation services come amid fresh plans by the BVI Airports Authority to completely transform the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport into a modern facility by 2025.

BVIAA is presently working on a $158 million Capital Improvement Programme (CIP) that will include improvements to the runway, taxiway, aircraft parking, terminal, car park and roadway. Designs for the project are expected to commence by October 2021.

Premier Fahie said these airport improvements will permit tourists and investors to fly non-stop to the BVI not just from San Juan and from large cities such as New York, Toronto and London, just to name a few cities.

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  1. Really says:

    Where is the local expertise to offer this service? The DMV does not even check vehicles properly…

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    • @Really says:

      He is going to set up a 6 week course at the junior college. All who attend become certified whether they can read or not.

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      • Wow says:

        This had better be a joke.

        NO pilot or company would use an unqualified A&P to even try and make a repair or modification to their aircraft. That type of certification, repair and modification takes hundreds of hours of training under certificated and practicing A&Ps to become qualified and then continuing hours to maintain certification.

        You’d get a ferry (it’s not a boat) permit (or whatever) it would be and get that aircraft to St Thomas or PR where it could be properly serviced, documented and signed off.

        No way does BVI have that type or level of training available, or even close.

        And saying or pretending you can or do doesn’t make it so.

  2. crazyyy says:

    isnt it the same VIP Governent that remove the civil aviation department in the first place

  3. Bob says:

    We would need hotels for 200 people.
    Ground transportation for 200 people.
    Restaurants, washrooms, security check in counters, customs officers, hangars, parking areas, sea support, firefighters and equipment, hospital rooms, detainment facilities…. its a large list my friends!

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