REGIONAL AVIATION SAFETY PLAN

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 What is a RASP?

The regional aviation safety plan (RASP) is the master planning document containing the strategic direction for the management of aviation safety at the regional level for a set time period. It outlines to all stakeholders where the different regional entities involved in the management of aviation safety should target resources over the coming years.

 

The RASP is a means of obtaining regional support and a mechanism for the coordination of initiatives aimed at improving safety in the region. The regional aviation safety groups (RASGs) are considered the main drivers behind the planning and implementation of safety enhancement initiatives (SEIs) at the regional level. They are the regional entity responsible for the development and implementation of the RASP.


Current RASPs can be found in the GASP Library

 What does ICAO consider a “Region”?

In the context of the GASP and the regional aviation safety plan (RASP), the term "region" refers to a group of States and/or entities working together to enhance safety within a geographic area. The RASP development process should include consultation with States, industry and other stakeholders. The national aviation safety plan (NASP) of each State in the region should be aligned and coordinated with the RASP and with other efforts aimed at enhancing aviation safety.

 Should the State follow the GASP or the RASP, if one exists in its region?

Both. The State should use both the GASP and the regional aviation safety plan (RASP), where one exists to develop its national aviation safety plan (NASP). The GASP presents global goals and high-risk categories (HRCs) of occurrences. It includes specific targets that are applicable to all States, and safety enhancement initiatives (SEIs) which States should implement to enhance safety nationally, and contribute to the improvement of aviation safety at the international level. The RASP presents regional goals, targets and HRCs, some of which are additional to the ones listed in the GASP. Some of the SEIs in the RASP may not apply directly to a State, as they may be address to the regional aviation safety group (RASG) or to another regional entity such a regional safety oversight organization (RSOO). For example, an SEI in the RASP may be that the RASG establish a regional safety risk registry. However, other SEIs may be addressed at individual States. For example, an SEI in the RASP may be that each State actively participate in a regional aviation safety data-sharing project. In this case, this SEI should be included in the State's NASP, in addition to the relevant GASP SEIs.

 Guidance on RASP Development

To assist the responsible entity in developing a region's RASP, 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 region when developing or modifying its regional aviation safety plan (RASP), to implement a plan consistent with the GASP.

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 RASP Template

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


Download a copy of the RASP Template in Word version: 

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 ​RASP Checklist

Cir 358, Regional and National Aviation Safety Plan Checklists and National Aviation Safety Plans provides a means for a region to verify that its regional aviation safety plan (RASP), when being developed or modified, is complete and consistent with the GASP. Both the GASP and Doc 10131 present the minimum content that should be included in a RASP (Doc 10131 also presents a template for a RASP). A region does not need to replicate this template. However, it should ensure its RASP contains the minimum content proposed in the GASP, regardless of how it is presented. The checklist included in this circular can be used to identify missing content regardless of whether the RASP is based on the Doc 10131 templates or not.


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