About PASO

The Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) is an international organisation providing quality aviation safety and security service for Member States in the Pacific.

PASO is the sole Pacific regional organisation responsible for regulatory aviation safety oversight services for the 10 Pacific States who are signatories to the Pacific Islands Civil Aviation Safety and Security Treaty (PICASST).

The PICASST signatories include the Pacific nations of Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu and make up the PASO Council. Associate Members of PASO are Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.

International agencies supporting PASO includes: Airways New Zealand, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), USA Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and the World Bank (WB).

PASO is a member of the Council of Regional Organisations (CROP) and has been hosted since its inception in 2005 by the Republic of Vanuatu.

Achieving international aviation safety and security standards in the Pacific

PASO is a Regional Aviation Safety Oversight Organization (RSOO) recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

PASO’s mission is to provide continuous improvement of quality of aviation safety and security oversight services to PASO member’s and their respective national civil aviation authorities in order to comply with international and regional standards required under the PICASST and the ICAO convention.

PASO Inspectors provide the required regulatory aviation safety and security expertise to carry out audit activities to its Members.

PASO audits and inspections are undertaken in accordance with the policies of Member States, using local regulations, ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as base materials.

PASO also currently implements two capacity building programs for Member’s civil aviation authorities. One of the key outcomes is to provide opportunities for qualified Pacific Island nationals to join the PASO Pool of Inspectors.

PASO is supported by the government of New Zealand, and by the World Bank through a Reform Project, which focuses on organisational strengthening and capacity development of PASO and Member States.

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