Senior Aerodrome Inspector, Justin Rothwell, and Air Traffic Services Inspector, Sarah Lee, from Air Safety Support International (ASSI), the regulator for St Helena Airport, visited the Island recently. The purpose of their visit was to undertake an audit to consider the extension of the certification of St Helena Airport.
It was an intensive visit covering aerodrome and air traffic services operations, both practical and theoretical. The Airport Quality Management and Safety Management systems were also reviewed. Whilst here ASSI examined the three Air Traffic Controllers for competence and their certificates of competence were signed giving them another year of approved operation.
Highlights of the visit included a cliff rescue exercise as well as an emergency exercise held at the Airport (see photos). Both exercises involved Airport and St Helena Government personnel and were observed by the ASSI team members and the visiting team from the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency. The teams involved are to be congratulated on their skills and professionalism.
Formal feedback has now been received from ASSI. ASSI have:
* Endorsed certification of Air Traffic Services for a twelve month period from 3 April 2017
* Provided an open-ended (i.e. not time bound) Aerodrome Certificate for St Helena Airport
This is an immense achievement for St Helena Airport. Thanks and congratulations are extended to all involved.