The Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) is a regional international organisation overseeing aviation safety and security oversight in the Pacific Islands using guidelines provided by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). PASO was created on 11 June 2005, as a result of the Pacific Islands Civil Aviation Safety and Security Treaty (PICASST) and is managed by a permanent staff based in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
States which are currently Parties to the PICASST are: Cook Islands,
Kiribati, Niue, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga,
Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Countries which are also members of PASO, but not
Parties to the PICASST are: Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
Associate member organisatiations of PASO are: The Asian Development Bank, Association of South Pacific Airlines, USA Federal Aviation Agency, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
Greetings and blessings to all!
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new
Senior Technical Coordinator, responsible for the Management of the
Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) based in Port Vila.
By way of introduction, my previous experience includes more than
forty years in aviation in varied roles across the international
aviation spectrum. This includes senior aviation regulatory positions,
ICAO Auditing and Training roles and most recently in the
diplomatic/regulatory field as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
international representative in the Middle East located in Abu Dhabi,
Moreover, I was fortunate enough to be a principal architect of ICAO’s
Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP), while based in
Montreal, Canada, (ICAO HQ) from 1996—2004 and travelled extensively
auditing many Pacific Island States during this time. I am committed to
the ongoing improvement in international aviation safety and security
around the World.
With this in mind, PASO’s vision for the future is to build regional
capacity and regulatory oversight skills while also developing extensive
aviation training programs to strengthen and empowering regional
members. PASO also intends
to enhance its role through greater transparency, quality assurance and
financial forecasting and to provide member states with a “one-stop
shop” to assist states in meeting their aviation safety and security
I feel truly blessed to be a part of the PASO family and I look forward
to working with you and interfacing with your Ministry and Departments
of Civil Aviation. Together, I hope we can explore ways to better
cooperate and collaborate our efforts between all Pacific Island States
in the future.
Manager / Senior Coordinator