Air Safety Support International-Who Are They And What Do They Do
You may be familiar with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but there are not many people who are familiar with the Air Safety Support International or ASSI. ASSI is a non profit subsidiary organization of the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. Their goal is to establish a system of civil aviation safety regulations in the United Kingdom. In other words, they’re the small faction of the CAA that manages aviation regulation for the UK Overseas Territories.
The ASSI was designed to help the existing authorities of all the UK’s Overseas Territories in managing and regulating airlines, airports, air traffic control, as well as the certification of aircraft and the licensing of aircraft personnel. Additionally, they can also be called upon to perform civil aviation regulation duties on behalf of the Governor. So in addition to regulating many aspects of aviation regulations, they will sometimes act an authority for those territories which don’t yet have authority. For the complete list of those territories which ASSI regulate, see below:
United Kingdom Overseas Territories
British Antarctic Territory (BAT) - ASSI has no direct responsibility in relation to BAT as the Antarctic Treaty takes precedence.
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Gibraltar - outside ASSI's remit due to its position within the European Union.
Pitcairn Island, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) - ASSI's responsibility in relation to the SBA is limited to the provision of advice to the Administrator.
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands
Because an organization like the ASSI exists, the passengers that fly every year (well over a million) can feel safe knowing that everything from the aircraft being used to transport them to the airport security customs that they must pass through has been carefully designed with passenger safety in mind.
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Posted on October 18, 2019