CAA International Structures

March 2015
Topics: Aviation Administration, Aviation Economic Analysis, Civil Aviation Security, Air Navigation
Dan Brown, The MITRE Corporation
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In the summer of 2014, The MITRE Corporation (MITRE) was asked by the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Policy, International Affairs and Environment office to investigate six international Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs). The six countries—the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, France, and Germany—shared the experience of separating the air navigation service Provider (ANSP) from the government CAA.

Although much has been written about the privatization of ANSPs, MITRE found relatively little concerning how that experience affected the CAAs. This report summarizes the governance, autonomy, structure, and funding of each CAA and then discusses any lessons learned from the separation. MITRE used a variety of public sources and interviewed staff members at several CAAs. 

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