Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO)
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.
PASO serves as a technical body providing Civil Aviation Authorities with the ability to carry out certification and other oversight activities around a wide range of aviation areas. While a resolution was passed by ICAO for states to reduce emissions levels and, while PASO supports states compliance with ICAO Standards and recommended practices (SARPS), such compliance with the ICAO international SARPS is attained through the national standards developed in response to these aviation regulations.
PASO has a strong focus on improving levels of compliance and meeting ICAO resolution obligations and will endeavour to encourage and assist states in the development of action plans toward this end. Furthermore, PASO will encourage and work with states to ensure cooperation, where possible, with other initiatives to lessen environmental impact. An example of this is improved route efficiencies associated with air navigation practices and routing aircraft through airspace designed to improve aircraft operational efficiencies and thereby reduce fuel use, resulting in the reduction of carbon emissions.
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 organisations of PASO are: The Asian Development Bank, Association of South Pacific Airlines, USA Federal Aviation Agency, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.