The responsibility for the regulatory oversight of aviation security in the Overseas Territories was transferred to Air Safety Support International (ASSI) on 1 April 2015.
Aligning security with safety
We will be aligning safety and security oversight to achieve a more efficient and cohesive system.
What does this mean for you?
Phased changes will be made: we will give you notice of these and explain the impact on you.
Why the change of regulator?
A Department for Transport review of oversight of aviation security in the Overseas Territories recommended moving the role to Air Safety Support International (ASSI). This transfer of responsibility took place on 1 April 2015. The purpose of the transfer is to align security oversight more closely with that of safety, allowing the industry to benefit from a common approach.
What will happen?
Whilst there will be changes to aviation security oversight, they will be introduced over a period of transition. We will consult those organisations that we will be regulating, and you will have the opportunity to feedback any issues to us. You will therefore have advance warning of any changes and the ability to plan for these.
How will Aviation Security Oversight be achieved?
Changes to legislation have been put in place to effect the transfer of responsibilities and enable the industry in the Overseas Territories to be regulated using the Overseas Territories Aviation Requirement (OTAR) system, which is well established for safety oversight and uses the ICAO Annexes as the basis for compliance. Oversight of aerodrome security is now linked to the aerodrome certificate. The same principle applies for air traffic services approval. For Territory aircraft operators, security is regulated via the Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). This will provide a consistent approach to safety and security.
The ASSI 'Civil Aviation Security Quality Control Programme' provides details of the approach that will be taken to compliance activities.
The Department for Transport will retain overall responsibility for aviation security policy taking into account advice from ASSI on future requirements for the Overseas Territories.
Your points of contact within ASSI, for aviation security matters, are:
Mike Fazackerley +44 1293 214051
+44 7534 471757
Sean Widmark +44 1293 214051
+44 7827 258031
Your point of contact in DfT is:
Phil Dykins +44 207 944 2851
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