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ASSI Calls on Baines Simmons Experts

At the request of Air Safety Support International (ASSI), Baines Simmons Business Development Manager, Grant Findlay, has recently facilitated an Audit Refresher and Assessing Quality Management Systems training course in Florida, with participants from Bermuda DCA, Turks and Caicos CAA, Cayman CAA and ASSI.

ASSI is responsible for supporting the UK Overseas Territories (OTs) in the safety regulation of all aspects of civil aviation, including the licensing of personnel and the certification of aircraft, airlines, airports and air traffic control. In Territories where the civil aviation regulator does not have the resources to undertake the task themselves, ASSI performs the civil aviation regulatory tasks on behalf of the Governor.

Clare Bury, Training Manager for ASSI, explains why this training is currently so important for the UK Overseas Territories and why ASSI has chosen Baines Simmons to support them in this project, “we have a lot of experienced auditors in ASSI and the OTs and we sought a course that would refresh their audit skills and bring together all of the elements that regulators face now in their role including assessing QMS and SMS. The refresher training that Baines Simmons had been running for EASA contained many of the elements that we were looking for and gave us a good basis upon which to adapt the training to suit the Overseas Territories.”

ASSI Calls on Baines Simmons ExpertsThe three-day course covered safety risks, effective auditing in an environment which includes Quality Management Systems and Safety Management Systems, planning for effective audits, root cause and effective closure of non-conformances.

The training was very well received by all participants, and summarising the success of the event in February, Clare said, “the feedback has been very good from the training with the vast majority stating that it fully met their objectives for attending”.

Following from the success of this course, ASSI is planning to run further Audit skills courses with Baines Simmons, the next one being delivered in the Cayman Islands and another to be delivered later in the year.