On the 17th of February 2021 the President of the Italian Civil Aviation Society, Mr. Lorenzo Virginio Teucci, had a video conference meeting with the President of the ICAO Council, Mr. Salvatore Sciacchitano. The 30-minute meeting was a great opportunity to discuss the future of the Italian civil aviation and also the upcoming research projects of the Italian Civil Aviation Society. Mr. Sciacchitano took the opportunity to thank the Italian Civil Aviation Society for inviting him as Honorary Member of the Society. He expressed his interest in supporting any of the Society’s future projects on enhancing the prospects in the civil aviation industry on a national and international level and, especially, among the younger generation. We extend a very warm welcome on board the Italian Civil Aviation Society to Mr. Sciacchitano and we assure him that we will put in our best efforts to become a benchmark for the civil aviation (nowadays vulnerable also due to the current SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic).
“I am very pleased to accept this honorary position and to give my personal contribution to facilitate a better understanding of the ongoing discussions on the global issues around air transport. I encourage the Italian Civil Aviation Society to keep up the excellent spirit and broaden its horizons also towards the future of civil aviation.
It is with sincere appreciation and gratitude that I accept the honorary membership of the Italian Civil Aviation Society. In particular, I wish to thank President Lorenzo Virginio Teucci for having proposed my name to the Board of Directors.”
President of the Council, ICAO
Who is Mr. Salvatore Sciacchitano?
Mr. Salvatore Sciacchitano is the sixth President of the ICAO Council. He succeeded Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu on 1 January 2020. Mr. Sciacchitano graduated in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Catania and began his career in aviation in 1980, joining the Italian Airworthiness Authority (RAI) where he held positions of increasing responsibility, serving as the organization’s Regulation Director in 1992, then as Technical Director and, in 1996, as Director General. With the merger of the aviation branch of the Ministry of Transport and RAI and the subsequent establishment of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), Mr. Sciacchitano assumed the position of Deputy Director General. In this position, he played an instrumental role in coordinating the core business divisions of the newly founded structure. He was also entrusted with multiple international mandates, chairing the Permanent Commission of EUROCONTROL, representing Italy in the Management Board of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), holding the Vice-Presidency of the EUROCONTROL Provisional Council and coordinating the Italian delegation during ICAO Assemblies. As a result of his extensive experience in aviation international affairs, Mr. Sciacchitano was appointed Executive Secretary of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) in 2010. In February 2019, he joined the Italian Delegation on the Council of ICAO, where he served until being appointed as President of the Council.
What is ICAO?
ICAO is funded and directed by 193 national governments to support their diplomacy and cooperation in air transport as signatory states to the Chicago Convention (1944). Its core function is to maintain an administrative and expert bureaucracy (the ICAO Secretariat) supporting these diplomatic interactions, and to research new air transport policy and standardization innovations as directed and endorsed by governments through the ICAO Assembly, or by the ICAO Council which the assembly elects. Industry and civil society groups, and other concerned regional and international organizations, also participate in the exploration and development of new standards at ICAO in their capacity as ‘Invited Organizations’. As new priorities are identified by these stakeholders, the ICAO secretariat convenes panels, task forces, conferences and seminars to explore their technical, political, socio-economic and other aspects. It then provides governments with the best results and advice possible as they collectively and diplomatically establish new international standards and recommended practices for civil aviation internationally. Once governments achieve diplomatic consensus around a new standard’s scope and details, it is then adopted by those same 193 countries in order to bring worldwide alignment to their national regulations, helping to realize safe, secure and sustainable air operations on a truly global basis. In addition to these core diplomatic and research capabilities, ICAO also serves as a critical coordination platform in civil aviation through its seven Regional Offices. It also conducts educational outreach, develops coalitions, and conducts auditing, training, and capacity building activities worldwide per the needs and priorities governments identify and formalize. © ICAO