PASO (Pacific Aviation Safety Office) - Vanuatu

Visiting address

Port Vila, Vanuatu

Postal address

PO Box: 139

Cook Islands


Tel +678 28500

Fax +678 28555

Association information

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.

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 organisatiations of PASO are: The Asian Development Bank, Association of South Pacific Airlines, USA Federal Aviation Agency, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Associate member organisatiations of PASO are: The Asian Development Bank, Association of South Pacific Airlines, USA Federal Aviation Agency, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.


PASO is responsible for regional aviation safety and security oversight for its members. Our core services include:

▪ Airworthiness;

▪ Aerodromes;

▪ Aviation Security;

▪ Flight Operations; and

▪ Personnel Licensing for these disciplines.

▪ Air Navigation Services

▪ Accident Investigation- Annex 13

Our primary goal is to provide in the long term an improvement in quality and extension of these services, at a lower total cost than would have to be paid by the industry and member states for these services.

PASO carries out audits and inspections through its inspectors, and submits the reports to the national authorities. These reports identify deficiencies and set out the required remedial steps and alternate remedial steps. Once recommendations are accepted and enforced by the national authority, their implementation will be continuously monitored by PASO until full compliance has been achieved. These audits and inspections are undertaken in accordance with the legal environment of the state of operation, using local regulations and ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as the base materials.