A Glimpse on the World of International Civil Aviation

At the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

On March 29th, the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Concordia Chapter, had the pleasure to visit the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) located in Montreal. The ICAO, created in 1944 after the signing of the Chicago Convention, is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for establishing the global regulatory framework of international civil aviation. It has three main organs:

  • The Assembly, a sovereign body composed of representatives from the Convention’s 192 Member States who meet every three years to review and set the political orientations of the Organization;
  • The Council, the governing body composed of 36 Member States elected for three years by the Assembly, that adopts and incorporates the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) of the ICAO;
  • The Secretariat, headed by the Secretary General and divided by five bureaus: the Air Navigation Bureau, the Air Transport Bureau, the Technical Co-operation Bureau, the Legal Bureau and the Bureau of Administration and Services.

The ICAO Museum, presented by our host, Mr. Raillant-Clark. 

More than 20 students attended the event, organized by Ms. Sarah McLaggan and AHS Concordia, and guided by Mr. William Raillant-Clark. We started the visit with the ICAO Museum, newly inaugurated in 2015 for the ICAO 70th anniversary celebrations.  We completed the tour with a visit of the Assembly Hall, the Council Chamber and the Air Navigation Commission Chamber.

Concordia students at the Council Chamber of ICAO.

AHS Concordia is extremely honored to have had the chance to visit the ICAO at their headquarters and would like to thank everyone at the ICAO for their hospitality, and more precisely, Ms. McLaggan and Mr. Raillant-Clark for the time they dedicated to make this event an enlightening experience.