New ECCAA head to priortise Category One restoration
A new director general is now on the job at the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) headquartered in St John’s.
Trinidad and Tobago national, Anthony Whittier, was appointed by the ECCAA Board of Directors and his appointment took effect from 1st April.
Just days on the job, Whittier is already reaching out to key stakeholders in the industry to give them the assurance that the restoration of Category One designation for ECCAA is a top priority for all concerned at the regulatory authority.
OECS Heads of Government have emphasised the importance of Category One designation for the sub-region as it forms a vital part in the aviation sector. The ECCAA was downgraded last year by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) over matters related to oversight and the independence of the authority.
“It is expected that among the priority tasks of the new Director General will be the restoration of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (US FAA) Category One status to the ECCAA and working with the UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in advancing aviation safety and security in the ECCAA sub-region,” the ECCAA board said in a media release announcing Whittier’s appointment.
The release said his qualifications include an MSc in Project Management, BSc Management Studies (First Class) and a past student of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is a qualified aircraft engineer with extensive training in Aircraft and Safety Systems and is pursuing a PhD in Aviation Safety.
“Whittier joins the ECCAA with twenty years of Civil Aviation Authority experience, including with the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority where he was responsible for Compliance Monitoring of the Air Safety Department, and as the Manager Flight Standards at the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority. He has over eleven years of airline experience at British West Indies Airways (BWIA) and National Helicopters in Trinidad and Tobago,” according to the release.
He has assumed the helm of the ECCAA, following the retirement of J. Donald McPhail who served as Director General from 2010 until December 2020.