Message to our Regulated Industry
Air Safety Support International (ASSI) understands that the spread of Coronavirus is concerning for the industry and travellers in the UK Overseas Territories. In line with best practice being observed internationally, and in accordance with UK Government guidance, ASSI staff members are working from home to continue operations as normal. All remain in contact via email or mobile phone and available to support your ongoing business. Communications should be through these media to your normal point of contact.
It is clear that during the next few months we will need to be flexible in our regulatory approach in order to support you. We will work as closely as possible with you during this challenging time to ensure aviation safety and security are maintained.
Travel restrictions and other health measures mean that some oversight cannot be done in the usual way. This does not mean that oversight stops, regulatory assurance will be gathered in other ways. For example, increased teleconferences, surveys and online audits. This requires documents, pictures and possibly video to be sent to ASSI for review. The increased cooperation and time to do this is appreciated.
Both COVID-19 and aviation activity may quickly change at any time. This is where management systems will be tested. ASSI needs to be satisfied at all times that risks are managed and compliance is maintained. It is important that Service Providers with ASSI play their part in ensuring this can be done proactively. This cannot be done where ASSI receives no information or communication. In these cases ASSI may need to escalate enforcement action.
ICAO COVID-19 Recovery
ICAO has developed this COVID-19 Recovery Platform to collate the forecasts, guidance, tools, and resources which are needed by national regulators pursuing pandemic responses.
Find out more about the COVID-19 situation in the NAM/CAR Regions.
Extension of validity periods and interim measures
In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, ASSI has published the following information: