NATIONAL AVIATION SAFETY PLAN (NASP)

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 What is a NASP?

The national aviation safety plan (NASP) is the master planning document containing the strategic direction of a State for the management of aviation safety for a set time period. This plan lists national safety issues, sets national aviation safety goals and targets, and presents a series of safety enhancement initiatives (SEIs) to address identified safety deficiencies and achieve the national safety goals and targets.


Examples of States' NASPs can be found in the GASP Library.


 Should every State have a NASP?

Yes. In line with the 2020-2022 edition of the GASP, each State should develop a national aviation safety plan. Each plan should be developed in line with the GASP goals, targets and high-risk categories (HRCs) of occurrences. The NASP is the means to demonstrate commitment to the implementation of activities for improvement of safety in the State.

 Are the NASP and the SSP the same?

​No. A State safety programme (SSP) is an integrated set of regulations and activities aimed at improving safety. These activities include, for example, the establishment of: requirements for the qualification of technical personnel, technical guidance and tools, a process to identify hazards from collected safety data, the assessment of safety risks, and mechanisms for the resolution of safety issues. The national aviation safety plan (NASP) is a single document containing the State's strategy for the management of aviation safety.

 If a State has a fully implemented SSP, does it still need a NASP?

Yes. For a State that has fully implemented a State safety programme (SSP), the national aviation safety plan (NASP) is one of the key documents produced as part of the State's SSP documentation. A State with an effective SSP has the capability to identify and mitigate national operational safety risks. Therefore, the SSP assists in the development of the State's NASP by allowing the State to manage its safety improvement activities in a coherent and proactive manner, measuring its safety performance, monitoring the implementation of the plan's safety enhancement initiatives (SEIs) and addressing any identified deficiencies.

 What if a State has not fully implemented an SSP or is in process of doing so?

For a State that has not fully implemented a State safety programme (SSP), a national aviation safety plan (NASP) should still be developed. In this case, the NASP development should be guided primarily by the GASP and the regional aviation safety plan (RASP). This is because a State without a fully implemented SSP may not have the data collection, analysis, and safety risk management capabilities to identify national operational safety risks. Therefore, the State can use the GASP and RASP to identify and manage operational safety risks. In a State that has not fully implemented an SSP, the NASP should include activities to address organizational challenges and enhance organizational capabilities, which include putting in place the steps necessary to fully implement an SSP.

 Guidance on NASP Development

​To assist States in developing their developing their national aviation safety plan (NASP), ICAO published Doc. 10131, Manual on the Development of Regional and National Aviation Safety Plans. This manual complements the 2020-2022 edition of the GASP. It addresses different aspects that should be taken into account by a State when developing or modifying its NASP, to implement a plan consistent with the GASP.


Download a copy of Doc 10131: (coming soon)

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 NASP template

Doc 10131, Manual on the Development of Regional and National Aviation Safety Plans presents a national aviation safety plan (NASP) template which provides an example that promotes uniform development of a NASP. The template addresses the minimum content proposed in the GASP but remains flexible enough to accommodate any State-specific requirements. Use of this template is not mandatory. States that adopt the NASP template may consider working in collaboration with other States in their region, as well as their regional aviation safety group (RASG) and ICAO Regional Office, to ensure consistency of the NASP with the regional aviation safety plan (RASP) and the current edition of the GASP.


Download a copy of the NASP Template in Word version: (coming soon)


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