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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, U.A.E. 

 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 needs.

 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.

 Thank you.

 Roy Barnett

Manager / Senior Coordinator




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