Barbados Civil Aviation director Anthony Archer will chair the newly-formed Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS) for two years.
Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority director general Ramesh Lutchmedia will serve as vice chair for the organization, which replaces the Regional Aviation Safety Oversight System (RASOS).
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) formed CASSOS on 4 February with the intent to provide the platform for establishing a regional civil aviation authority.
Unlike RASOS, CASSOS has full juridical personality, broader objectives and allows for non-CARICOM Caribbean states and territories to participate, CARICOM Secretariat transportation specialist John Lewis says.
Objectives include helping member states reach ICAO standards and promoting the development and harmonization of civil aviation regulations, standards, practices and procedures among members consistent with the Chicago Convention.
Per the convention, members have an obligation to collaborate to secure the highest practicable degree of uniformity in regulations, standards, procedures and organization in relation to aircraft, personnel, airways and auxiliary services towards improved air navigation.
CARICOM members include Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.