Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Egbert Field, on October 23 celebrated 50 years in the aviation field.
Field, who began his career at the age of 19, entered the flight training program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1970 on a scholarship provided by the government of Guyana.
Upon his return to the country, Field joined the Guyana Defence Force where he spent 23 years and rose through the ranks to become the Presidential Pilot, and Lieutenant Colonel by the time he retired.
In 1993, Field became the first Guyanese to command Guyana Airways’ Boeing 757 on its international routes.
When Guyana Airways ceased operations in 2000, Field joined the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority as the first Flight Operations Inspector.
Field eventually joind the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority where he worked for 12 years, first as Manager, then Director of Flight Safety.
In 2016, Field returned to Guyana to take up the mantle of Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority where he moved the country’s level of compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards to a point that is above average.
“We have moved from a position of 44 percent in terms of ICAO compliance to 77 percent which in aviation language is a massive jump,” the Director General said.
Field made reference to a recent achievement of the Guyana Civil Aviation Training School of holding a virtual graduation for 13 trainees who completed the Aeronautical Information Management and Air Traffic Control Assistant course. The school, although being in existance for several decades, receive ICAO certification under his tenure as Director General.
According to Field, safety and integrity are the catalysts to propel the aviation industry forward, and he intends on doing this. With Guyana now ranking third in the Caribbean in terms of ICAO compliance, Field is intent on taking the country to the number one spot under his leadership by building a robust aviation institution.
Field throughout his role as an international airline pilot was known for entertaining his passengers by reciting the history of the islands as he flew over them and also by singing carols at Christmas time.