The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Emirates Airline to enhance cooperation through electronic links (E-licensing).
The initiative, the first of its kind in the aviation industry in the Middle East, came as part of the UAE efforts to move towards e-government.
The MoU was signed by Waleed Al Ghanim, Head of the Licensing Department at the GCAA, and Raed Al Rahma, Director, System Applications at Aviation Operations, Emirates Airline. Electronic transactions will be possible between the two sides, enabling employees in the aviation industry to obtain licenses through a special portal.
“The GCAA has created new strategies to develop and facilitate transactions with airlines operating in the country. This portal will be further developed to accommodate the growth in the aviation sector in the UAE and to provide superb services to GCAA’s clients”, Mr. Ghanim said.
Mr. Al Rahma said the E-licensing would facilitate transactions and help save the time and effort of pilots, engineers and all employees in the aviation industry who need to obtain necessary licenses, who will be able to get the licenses electronically.
Mohammed Saeed Al Shehi, Director of IT at the GCAA, said agreement had been reached with a specialised company to create the portal, which will be expanded to cover the requirements of other departments in the GCAA.