CAA International (CAAi) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University today signed a Memorandum of Understanding focused initially on the development and delivery of aviation security and cyber security training in South America.

Signed virtually by Embry-Riddle’s Chancellor, John Watret, Ph.D and CAAi Managing Director, Maria Rueda, the partnership merges the extensive experience of the world’s largest aviation & aerospace university with the regulatory expertise of the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

Speaking after the MoU signing, Maria Rueda said:

“We are delighted to embark on this new cooperation with Embry-Riddle and look forward to expanding our aviation security training and assistance to South America.”

Kevin Sawyer, Senior Manager of Aviation Security at CAAi, added:

“As the aviation industry grows and new technologies emerge, the threats to civil aviation diversify. Working with Embry-Riddle, we are committed to helping and educating aviation regulators and industry organisations to manage these threats and develop resilient aviation security and cyber security oversight systems to ensure aviation remains safe and trusted globally.”

This partnership supports the principles of ICAO’s GASeP plan. By growing aviation security training and educational resources in South America, CAAi and Embry-Riddle plan to enhance aviation security oversight and compliance, aviation security awareness and quality control.

John Watret, Ph.D said:

“We are very pleased to enter this partnership with CAAi in South America. As a university that maintains a reputation for endorsing a culture of safety, this is an opportunity to enhance that culture through collaboration. Both Embry-Riddle and CAAi recognise the opportunity to proactively train to mitigate potential threats, and this training program will be designed to fulfil this obligation to ensure safety and confidence in civil aviation.”

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