The Flight Safety Division is responsible for regulatory activity related to:
- the establishment, promotion and enforcement of safety promotion
- the development of safety regulations, standards and inspection procedures
- the licensing of flight crew, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and Air Traffic Controllers
- certification and routine inspection of aerodromes and air operators
- passenger safety
- aviation security, surveillance and enforcement, and
- the investigation of incidents and accidents.
The Flight Safety Division also regulates flight operations and ensures the airworthiness and safety of aircraft in Jamaica.
As a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Jamaica is required to comply with the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) of the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.
The Division is staffed by:
- a Director
- operations, airworthiness, security and cabin safety inspectors
- a dangerous goods specialist
- a licensing officer
- support staff.
Technical training is done internally through formal and on-the-job training. Formal training for specialty courses are facilitated through Transport Canada, the Federal Aviation Administration, International Air Transport Association, aircraft manufacturers and airline-sponsored training. Inspectors are trained on Airbus A340, A310, A300, A320/321, Boeing B-747, B-737, B-727, Douglas DC-8, DC-9, MD83, Bombardier DHC8, SD360, DHC-6, Dornier Do228, Beech King Air series, Cessna Citation, various light aircraft (including most Cessna, Beech and Piper singles and twins), and helicopters, including the Bell 206 and military helicopters. Operations personnel and Airworthiness Inspectors hold type ratings on the transport category aircraft and remain current on most types operated in Jamaica.