AVIATION SECURITY AVSECACSA AVSEC Unit was established at the end of 2003 in order to recommend, advise, guide and facilitate to the Central American States the fulfillment of their obligations with the Chicago Convention and Annex 17. At the beginning, the main tasks assigned to this unit included support to the Central American States during ICAO USAP programme audits and the TSA visits.
Since its foundation, the AVSEC Unit has been in charge of development of regional aviation security regulations, which are a tool to audit and inspect air operators, airport operators, security companies, ground assistance companies and tenants.
In addition, another task the AVSEC Unit performs is the development of guides and procedures such as: the National Security Programme, the Airport Security Programme, Air Operator Security Programme, National AVSEC Training Programme, National Quality Assurance Programme and contingency plans. To the present, the AVSEC Unit has prepared a model air operator security program and a national airport contingency program.
Furthermore, the AVSEC Unit is the coordinating entity and the secretary of the Central American AVSEC group of experts. This forum of aviation security experts is composed of AVSEC inspectors of each of the Central American civil aviation authorities and they have been meeting since 2005. To the present, they have met seven times.
ACSA AVSEC Unit is also in charge of developing regional regulations about the safe transport of dangerous goods resulting from ICAO Annex 18. This tool will be implemented by the Central American States to audit and inspect air operators, airport operators, cargo agencies and shippers.
ACSA AVSEC Unit is committed to the organization's strategic objectives and it is constantly developing strategies to contribute to the aeronautical development and to provide aviation security assistance to COCESNA Member States.