At atg airports, we’re proud that our products meet and exceed the regulatory requirements set across the world. In the world of airfield lighting, there are a wide range of standards you are required to meet to ensure the safety of passengers and airfield operators, and these standards can differ around the world. This can make looking for the right airfield lighting supplier tricky, as you need to know which standards are relevant to you and exactly what all the acronyms mean.

Fortunately, we’re here to help you understand this. The following shows all relevant bodies with play a regulatory role in the industry and tells you exactly what it is they do, so you don’t need to be kept guessing.

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) – A specialised agency of the United Nations. Focused on changing the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth.

Their international authority differs them from other air transport organisations and gives them the ability to ensure adoption of a range of international standards.

Most of the ICAO’s work focuses on adopting standards and recommended practices concerning air navigation, its infrastructure, flight inspection, prevention of unlawful interference and facilitating border-crossing procedures for international civil aviation

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – A government body which regulates all aspects of civil aviation with the United States and its surrounding international waters.

The major functions of the FAA include the construction and operation of airports, air traffic management, the certification of personnel and aircraft alongside the protection of U.S. assets during the launch of re-entry of commercial space vehicles

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – An international standards organisation which prepares and publishes standards for all electrical, electronic and other related technologies.

The IEC’s standards cover a wide range of technologies alongside associated general disciplines such as terminology and symbols, electromagnetic compatibility, measurement and performance, and more.

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) – An agency of the European Union which carries out certification, regulation and standardisation within civil aviation.

Alongside this work, the EASA collects safety data, investigates and monitors issues within civil aviation, drafts and advises on safety legislation and coordinates globally with similar organisations in an effort to ensure civil aviation across the EU is as safe and simple as possible.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) – The national authority for the regulation of civil aviation in Australia. CASA is responsible for monitoring civil air operations in Australia, issuing appropriate licenses, enforcing safety requirements and protecting the environment from the effects of aircraft use.

Transport Canada – The department within the Government of Canada responsible for developing regulations, policies and services of all types of transport, from road and rail to air transportation.

From an aviation perspective, Transport Canada is specifically responsible for drafting and implementing all regulations surrounding consumer air travel, with a private company, NAV CANADA being responsible for all civilian air traffic services.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – The company which oversees and regulates all aspects of civil aviation within the United Kingdom. The CAA’s areas of responsibility include licensing, equipment testing, managing the regulation of security standards and overseeing the protection of customers abroad should a travel company fail.

Although some responsibility for regulation has passed to the EASA, the CAA is still directly responsible for many aspects of civil aviation regulation and is heavily involved in all other regulatory concerns.

British Standards Institution (BSI) – The national standards body of the UK. The BSI produces technical standards for a wide range of products and services used in the UK which must be met before sale.

Military Aviation Authority (MAA) – An organisation operating with the British Ministry of Defence which is responsible for regulating all aspects of air safety across Defence. The MAA has full oversight of all Defence aviation activity.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) – An intergovernmental alliance between 29 European and North American countries, which institutes a system of collective defence whereby all countries work together to ensure mutual defence should one fall under attack.

The military leanings of NATO mean their regulations will often be applicable when developing products for military airfields.

Manual of Standards (MOS) – The Manual of Standards is a manual created by Australia’s Civil Aviation Standards Authority which defines what is safety requirements are necessary in any civil aviation project. Airfield lighting and guidance systems are covered as part of this and required to meet specific standards.

CENELEC – CENELEC is responsible for European standardisation is the area of electrical engineering. Essentially, it works to ensure electrical engineering standards are harmonised across Europe by setting minimum standards to be met across the board.

These standards are decided upon through votes of the 33 current members. Once decided, all electronic engineering projects across Europe must meet these standards.