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Regional Aviation Safety Organisations: Enhancing Air Transport Safety through Regional Cooperation

ISBN13: 9789041158611
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £104.00

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Although commercial civil aviation is, in the aggregate, a very safe mode of transportation, actual safety levels are far from being uniform across the world, and there are concerns that, as air traffic and the complexity of the global air transport market grow, the rate of accidents may also start to increase.

Accordingly, regional cooperation on aviation safety has visibly intensified since the beginning of the twenty-first century, as evidenced in particular by the establishment of a significant number of new regional aviation safety organisations (RASOs).

This study is a first comprehensive analysis, from a legal and institutional point of view, of how regional cooperation and more specifically RASOs contribute to the improvement of civil aviation safety and the achievement of the objective of ‘uniformity in regulations, standards, procedures, and organisation’ as formulated in Article 37 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). The research questions addressed are the following:-

  • What should be the role of RASOs in global governance of civil aviation safety?
  • Can the optimal RASO model be identified from a legal point of view?
  • If yes, how can it best be defined and structured?
  • In which domains can RASOs yield maximum safety benefits, and under which legal conditions?
  • For which States are RASOs most relevant?
  • What is the expected future evolution of RASO type bodies?
  • Are there any shortcomings in the current international legal framework that pose an obstacle to further development of RASOs?
  • What are the international responsibility and civil liability implications resulting from RASO establishment and functioning?

The research draws on founding documents of RASOs, symposia and conferences on regional aviation cooperation, interviews with people involved in the establishment and running of RASOs, and reviews of relevant case law and legislation (international, EU, and national) and of legal literature. The author also proposes a practical methodology or ‘tool-box’ for the setting up of RASOs.

Because new methods of oversight, closer international cooperation, and exchange of information across national borders has become essential for the safe accommodation of future traffic growth and to ensure network safety – and because civil aviation is only as safe as the weakest link in the system – this forwardlooking analysis is essential reading for all professionals in the field, including lawyers, officials, policymakers, and academics

Air and Space Law
About the Author
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1 Research Questions, Methodology and Structure of the Study
Chapter 2 Towards a Global Aviation Safety Oversight Network: Regional Cooperation on Aviation Safety in the Context of the Chicago Convention;
Chapter 3 Definition and Typology of Regional Aviation Safety Organisations
Chapter 4 The European Aviation Safety Agency: Case Study of a Supranational Aviation Safety Organisation
Chapter 5 The Functioning and Evolution of Regional Aviation Safety Organisations
Chapter 6 Responsibility and Liability of Regional Aviation Safety Organisations and of Their Member States;
Chapter 7 Conclusions and Recommendations
APPENDIX Core Sample of Organisations Selected for the Study
Selected Bibliograph

Series: Aerospace/Aviation Law and Policy

Achieving the Single European Sky: Goals and Challenges ISBN 9789041137302
Published October 2011
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Aviation Safety through the Rule of Law: ICAO's Mechanisms and Practices ISBN 9789041131157
Published August 2009
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Beyond Open Skies: A New Regime for International Aviation ISBN 9789041123893
Published May 2009
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International Civil Aviation Organization: An Introduction ISBN 9789041126221
Published March 2007
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National Interest and International Aviation ISBN 9789041124555
Published September 2006
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