State Safety Programmes

The UK has a robust State Safety Programme (SSP) that defines the regulatory structure and responsibilities of the UK and seeks to improve aviation safety.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), we are well positioned to assist Governments and National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) in developing and implementing an SSP ahead of the ICAO 2017 target date.

What is a State Safety Programme?

An SSP is an integrated set of regulations and activities aimed at improving aviation safety. Annex 19 of the Chicago Convention sets the standards for SSPs, placing the responsibility on all contracting States to implement such as programme.

An SSP consists of four components;

  • State Safety Policy
  • State Safety Risk Management
  • State Safety Assurance
  • State Safety Promotion

Since 2009, the UK CAA has gained valuable insight and know-how into the implementation of SSP. This intelligence can be highly beneficial to States in the planning, development or implementation phases.

Get the advice you need from UK experts

We can provide States with a tailored SSP that recognises the maturity and complexity of its air transportation system. In the initial Research Phase, UK CAA regulatory experts conduct an SSP gap analysis to understand a State’s level of compliance with Annex 19. The gap analysis will assess the existence and maturity of the key SSP components.

The result will highlight areas of compliance and deficiency. States can then opt for UK CAA assistance on how to fully implement a tailored SSP, based on levels of compliance and country-specific factors.

Implementing a State Safety Programme

We can provide support across all four components of the SSP implementation process including,

  • State safety policy and objectives
  • Safety safety risk management
  • State safety assurance
  • State safety promotion
Capacity Building & SSP Training

We can provide institutional capacity development to ensure inspectorate staff are competent in carrying out their tasks. This can include,

  • Training needs analysis (TNA)
  • Theoretical training
  • On-the-job training
  • Competency building
Key Contact

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact Liam Byrne

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