THE POSTAL HISTORY OF ICAO

 

Extensions of the ICAO emblem

 

From a symbol representative of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the ICAO emblem has progressively become a visual object representing a larger world in civil aviation, as many bodies or institutions over the world have taken advantage of the features of the ICAO emblem to design their own. The concept of the two wings and the crossed branches of the olive tree was usually retained by organizations for their own logo, thus facilitating their identification and belonging to the family of civil aviation. The following shows a few examples of the reuse of ICAO emblem by various types of organizations.

 

As intergovernmental organisations and in close liaison with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), various Civil Aviation Commissions were established with the objective to promote the continued development of a safe, efficient, and sustainable regional air transport system. In so doing, they seek to harmonize civil aviation policies and practices amongst their Member States and to promote understanding on policy matters between their Member States and other parts of the world. Regional cooperation is generally regarded as an effective way to meet the many challenges facing civil aviation, whether to allow States to better fulfill their obligations and responsibilities in a region particular, especially security and safety, improve organizational efficiency in a given region or, in economic terms, to strengthen the process of liberalization of air transport. If they fit into a broader trend leading to what might be called regional governance of civil aviation, their activities make an interesting contribution to the global harmonization of international air transport under the aegis of ICAO. Four Commissions exist today:

  1. ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) for the European region, founded at Strasbourg in November/December 1955;
  2. AFCAC (African Civil Aviation Commission) for the African region, founded at Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia on 17 January 1969; it came into force on 12 January 1972 after ratification by twenty Member States of the Organization of African Unity (OAU);
  3. ACAC (Arab Civil Aviation Commission) for the Arab region, founded in June 1996; the Civil Aviation Council of Arab States (CACAS), whose agreement came into force on 14 October 1967, preceded ACAC;
  4. CLAC (Comisión Latinoamericana de Aviación Civil, or Latin American Civil Aviation Commission, LACAC) for the Latin-American region, founded at Mexico City on 14 December 1973 (came into force on 21 October 1975, upon approval by 12 States situated in the area).

 

ICAO Member States have established statutory bodies broadly known as Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) in their country. To implement International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommendations, these Authorities are comprised of various divisions that specifically regulate and license aerodromes, aviation personnel, aircraft maintenance organizations, conduct aircraft airworthiness surveys and provide commercial and economic regulation, etc. Their detailed activities may vary from country to country and they may take names such as: Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Administration, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Authority, etc,

 

            

 

 

 

 

Civil Aviation Conference and Commissions emblems, showing the region maps inside the crossed branches of the olive tree

 

 

 

 

Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority

Postmark dated

11 August 1958

National emblem flanked with two wings.

 

Two branches of wheat (symbol of Afghanistan existence as an agricultural nation) encircle a mosque with mehrab (stair steps and pulpit) and monbar (pillars) are placed.

 

 

Viet Nam Civil Aviation Department.

Postmark dated 5 February 1974.

The emblem of this CAA is formed by

crossed branches of the olive tree and three wings crossed in the center to depict a letter V and a stretched letter N.

BUU-CHINH in Vietnamese means Administration de la poste.

 

 

 

Zaire Civil Aviation Authority.

Postmark dated 1976.

The lion’s head, taken from the then coat of arms, is surrounded by two wings and crossed palm-tree branches.

 

 

Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.

Postmark dated

16 January 1997.

The center part of the emblem shows a control tower. Above, there is a black five-pointed star (as in the coat of arms), symbol for the freedom of Africa.

 

 

 

Eritrea Civil Aviation Authority.

Postmark dated

9 July 1999.

National coat of arms flanked with two wings.

The coat of arms shows a dromedary surrounded by an olive wreath.

 

 

India – Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) – 25th Anniversary.

Postmark dated

2 April 2012.

The BCAS was reorganized into an independent department on 1st April 1987 under the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The postage stamp was issued on 14 March 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Indian Civil Aviation (18 February 2011).

The BCAS emblem is built around the one of ICAO: three concentric circles with the map of India, three layers of wings on each side with the colours of the national flag of India: saffron (top), white (middle), and green (bottom).

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