CAA hosts surveyor’s meeting

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands recently hosted its annual Surveyors Meeting in Grand Cayman.

Along with local Air Safety Regulation staff from head office in Grand Cayman, three UK staff members from the CAA’s Brighton Office and two contracted German airworthiness inspectors met to collaborate on issues relating to the regulatory responsibilities of the CAA, said a press release issued by the authority.

‘The CAA maintains the Cayman Islands Aircraft Registry and at this time lists 115 aircraft ranging from Airbus A-319’s, Boeing Business Jets, Cessna, Gulfstream, and other corporate aircraft with values ranging from US$1.5 million up to approximately US$95 million,’ the release reads.

As a part of the registration process the CAA regulates these aircraft operators in order to ensure the highest safety standards are maintained in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization mandates.

‘In order to effectively regulate against these standards, the CAA hires and deploys these inspectors globally to conduct airworthiness and flight operations inspections.

‘In addition to subscribing to ICAO mandates and standards, the CAACI is subject to audit, inspection and delegation of authority by the Air Safety Support International, a special division of the UK CAA created to oversee safety and technical issues in the Overseas Territories.’

The release continues, ‘Through a rigid compliance programme, the CAACI has received from ASSI delegation for regulating against ICAO Annexes’.

Director of Air Safety Regulation, Ian Scott commented, ‘The series of meetings this week are critical to the CAA’s continuing safety oversight programme for aircraft on the Cayman Islands Aircraft Registry and for those aircraft that are granted Air Operator Certificates locally.’ He continued, ‘By bringing the international staff together with the locally based staff we have addressed new regulatory issues, refined policies and procedures and developed a plan to address pending growth of the aircraft registry.’

In an effort to also increase awareness of the critical role that the CAA plays with regards to critical safety regulation and the importance of the aircraft registry to the country as another asset management service provided, the CAA hosted a small reception for their local and international staff, CAA Board members, along with government representatives, representatives from other statutory bodies, and private sector legal partners that support the aircraft registration process.

‘This was a wonderful networking opportunity for our local government officials and business partners to meet and gain a better understanding of the extensive scope of the work performed internationally for the aircraft registry,’ commented Richard Smith, Director-General of Civil Aviation.