Principal staff officers, regional commanders and field officers attended the review. Addressing the airmen, the air chief said, “The PAF will continue to maintain its optimum operational readiness to undertake all types of missions against all internal and external threats to ensure safety and security of the country. Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is capable to provide instant support to Pak army as and when directed by Government of Pakistan.”
He further said, “To keep PAF at the highest state of ‘Operational Readiness’ is my no 1 priority. For me, ‘Ops Readiness’ is nothing but realistic training, coupled with correct procedures and safe practices. I will endeavour to make PAF a professionally trained force, ready to under take operations at all times and capable of producing desired results safely, which would serve as deterrence in peacetime and a potent force during war. These characteristics would provide us with the means to ensure National Security of Pakistan.”
While dwelling upon safe operations, he said, “With little more efforts and involvement, our goal of ‘Zero Avoidable Accident Rate’ is an achievable aim. This platform of Annual Safety Review provides us an opportunity to evaluate our performance, identify our mistakes and chart the right path to professional excellence for achieving our goal.”
The Flight Safety Review is an annual feature in which major accidents of the previous year are analysed in detail and adequacy of remedial measures is reviewed. During the current review, an analysis of the Flight Safety Programme of the PAF was given by Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Safety) Air Commodore Pirzada Kamaluddin and Director Flight Safety Group Captain Muhammad Nadeem Sabir.
A review of operational activities of PAF was presented by Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Hassan, Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Operations). Pakistan Air Force persistently worked for pulling off Zero Avoidable Accident Rate during 2008. During the year, the rate of accidents kept below the average of last 30 years despite enhanced flying activity.
The Safety Management Centre of Pakistan Air Force remained exhaustively engaged in exploring and debating on the latest safety concepts at national and international fora, which rendered positive effects on the Safety Management of PAF. PAF is committed to safeguard her valued precious human and material resources through modern mechanisms and concerted human efforts at all tiers.
In the end, Rahim Khan Inter Base Safety Trophy for overall best performance was awarded to Pakistan Air Force Base, Minhas. The trophy was received by Air Commodore Sohail Aman, Base Commander Pakistan Air Force Base, Minhas. PAF Base Mushaf was declared 1st in Sports domain while PAF Base Chaklala stood 2nd.