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Pehin Hazair Abdullah, Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister's Office as Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines
Ceremony for the presentation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation Approval certificate to Royal Brunei Airlines and the launch of Brunei Darussalam’s DCA-Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License

Bismillahi Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
And a very good afternoon

First of all, I would like to thank our Guest of Honour, Yang Berhormat Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Zakaria bin Datu Mahawangsa Haji Sulaiman, Minister of Communications for joining us here today to witness the presentation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation Approval certificate to Royal Brunei Airlines and the launch of Brunei Darussalam’s DCA-Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License.

Earlier this year, the Department of Civil Aviation adopted a licensing format to meet the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) new requirements. The EASA, an aviation regulating body which has the legal powers to approve, authorise and license, has set a number of standards in specific areas, amongst which are EASA - Part 145, Part 147 and Part 66 approvals and licenses.

An memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between RBA and the Department of Technical Education (DTE), Ministry of Education in July last year to establish a Part 147 Approved Maintenance Training Organisation in Brunei Darussalam for human resource development in the aviation industry. DTE in partnership with RBA conducted the Part-66 aviation training programme in Aircraft Maintenance through Maktab Teknik Sultan Saiful Rijal.

This partnership has seen fruition as today, I am proud to announce that RBA is the first non-bilateral organisation in South East Asia and the thirteenth outside Europe to be accorded with the EASA-Part 147 certification. This is the most recognised accreditation in the aviation industry, and is the EASA standard for a training organization to qualify engineers to Part 66 standards, which in turn is the requirement for engineers to certify maintenance.

Through sheer hard work and the highly professional approach and dedication of its staff, RBA’s Engineering Department successfully fulfilled all necessary requirements and was granted with the approval on 21st February 2005. It has also achieved the EASA-Part 145 Maintenance Organisation approval. I am especially pleased to note that the first recipient of the DCA-Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License is a staff of Royal Brunei Airlines.

This international recognition allows RBA to conduct type-rating B1-Mechanical and B2-Avionics courses on Boeing 757/RB211, Boeing 767/PW4000/GE CF6 and Airbus 320/V2500 type of aircraft at a level that is at par to those offered by other aircraft maintenance organisations in the world.

With these approvals, RBA is now in a position to conduct the appropriate training and maintenance of foreign aircraft including those registered in Europe. This allows us to diversify our products and services and to compete globally for third party aircraft maintenance work and training programmes.

RBA will continue to excel by applying an extension to the existing approvals and training. It has always been our aim to maintain the highest standards in all areas of our operations – from developing our staff skills to the maintenance of our aircraft. We shall continue to take on new challenges and play a dynamic role in establishing ourselves as a global player with the ability to deliver quality products and services.

We believe that the people in RBA are the primary components for these successes. RBA’s pledge is to continue investing the very best human and technological resources in its mission to serve and serve well.

Let me congratulate RBA‘s Engineering Department for its dedication and concerted effort in achieving this international recognition - we are indeed very proud of your achievement.

Thank you for joining us this afternoon and witnessing these achievements. May I also take the opportunity to thank the Ministry of Communications and the Department of Civil Aviation for their continued support over the years.

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