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Regional Safety Oversight Organisation: Service Provider or More? — The Case of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office

This article was originally published in the Annals of Air and Space Law 2014 (volume XXXIX).

This article analyses the current and potential future role of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO), including the organization’s mandate, legal and regulatory background, operational issues, and current reform efforts. In assessing the potential future role of the organisation, this article explores the development of other regional formations and different operating models to consider. It concludes with a set of recommendations for the organisation to enable it to improve air safety standards in the Pacific Islands and maintain its relevance.

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