George Town, Grand Cayman (May 2012) – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) hosted its annual Airworthiness Surveyors’ Conference in Grand Cayman on April 23-25, 2012. Local staff of the Air Safety Regulation division at CAACI attended the meeting, along with CAACI’s contracted airworthiness surveyors and inspectors from the UK, Canada, and Europe. Each year the technical regulatory team meets to collaborate on issues relating to the safety and technical regulatory responsibilities of the CAACI as it pertains to aircraft on the Cayman Islands Aircraft Registry globally.
The CAACI has full designation for aviation safety oversight as a UK Overseas Territory, and is one of only two OTs to enjoy such delegation, the other being Bermuda that also operates an aircraft registry closely linked to their financial industry in a similar fashion as Cayman. Additionally, the Cayman Islands is classified as Category 1 by the USA Federal Aviation Administration under their “International Aviation Safety Assessments” programme that evaluates a country’s civil aviation authority’s ability to effectively regulate its aviation industry. This rating enables commercial air operators registered in Cayman to conduct international air transport operations into the USA, i.e, Cayman Airways, Ltd. The requirement for such rating lies with the CAACI being assessed as having technically qualified and appropriate administrative staff to effectively oversee the aviation industry in accordance with established standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Director-General, Mr. Richard Smith comments, “It is critical for the airworthiness surveyors and flight operations inspectors to meet on an annual basis to review events of the past 12 months and plan ahead for the ensuing year. This highly qualified technical team provides regulatory safety oversight of all aircraft on the CI Aircraft Registry to ensure compliance with our international obligations”.