Aviation authority gets top marks for safety

  • High marks: the team at BCAA with the ICAO 75th anniversary flag (Photograph supplied)

    High marks: the team at BCAA with the ICAO 75th anniversary flag (Photograph supplied)


Bermuda’s Civil Aviation Authority ranks among the best in the world on measures of safety.

After a safety audit conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation in May this year, the BCAA was awarded an overall score that ranked as the tenth best out of 185 jurisdictions audited to date.

The BCAA is responsible for the regulation and safety oversight of aviation in Bermuda, and more than 900 aircraft on the Bermuda Aircraft Registry.

In a statement, the BCAA said the result “solidifies Bermuda’s excellent global reputation for high safety standards and a well-regulated aircraft registry”.

The ICAO is a specialised agency of the United Nations, established to manage the administration and governance of the Convention of International Civil Aviation.

The audit took place in Bermuda from May 6 to 16 and consisted of a detailed review of BCAA’s safety oversight system. Of the possible eight areas to be audited, ICAO chose to audit Bermuda in the five areas related to operator safety oversight, namely legislation, organisation, personnel licensing, operations and airworthiness.

Thomas Dunstan, BCAA’s director-general, said: “The results are extremely important to the authority and we are very proud of what has been achieved.

“A score of 95.2 per cent for effective implementation of ICAO Standards and related guidance material for the areas audited in 2019 is an excellent result and will assist us on continuing to grow the registry.

“I would like to thank our whole team of staff who worked very hard to prepare for the audit over the past year.

“We also recognise that it is a special year for the ICAO as they celebrate 75 years since the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation.”

The BCAA oversees the world’s largest offshore registry and is responsibility for the safety oversight of all local aviation activity. This includes aerodrome, air traffic management, certifying Bermudian-based commercial air operators and safety surveillance of foreign airlines.

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Published Dec 2, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 2, 2019 at 8:13 am)

Aviation authority gets top marks for safety

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