Since 1944 the Scandinavian States – and later all Nordic and two of the Baltic States – have maintained a joint delegation to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This joint Nordic Delegation, also known as NORDICAO, is comprised of representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This cooperation also established the first ever rotation group within ICAO.
The constant improvement of aviation safety is based mainly on systematic data collection and the subsequent analysis of accidents and incidents. That’s why a culture of reporting all incidents without the risk of recrimination is one of the most important measures for increasing flight safety.
The Scandinavian countries situated in northern Europe, include vast areas that are sparsely populated. Aviation often provides the main and in some cases the only possible transportation means for people living in these areas. But how can we provide future local air traffic services also in sparsely populated areas which also is economic sustainable?
Aviation has been an integral part of the Nordic States’ transportation infrastructure for decades. It is the only means of long distance transport in some of the Arctic parts of the region, where cities and towns are remotely located on a rugged landscape.
Civil aviation is being proactive in its efforts to diminish its negative impact on the environment, primarily through research and development into more fuel efficient engines and airframes as well as efforts now looking into alternative forms of jet fuel. However it is also possible to further decrease fuel consumption by leveraging existing air transport instruments.
The Nordic States have a strong history of international engagement for less developed parts of the world. Also within the aviation sector the Nordics have provided highly motivated experts to projects to ensure safe aviation in a crisis or in assisting old and new aviation facilities getting the highest possible safety standards. This assistance is in most cases given at no cost or obligation for the receivers. Here are a few projects the Nordic States have been involved in for the past decade.