EASTI : The ICAO-ECAC European Aviation Security Training Institute
In the last five decades security has become a vital factor in international air transport and in this field the role of training cannot be overestimated. With this role in mind and in view of the fact that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) are fully committed to implementing highest standards in civil aviation security, there was a keen interest to establish an ICAO / ECAC training centre of excellence in the European region for the enhancement of aviation security.
A brief history of the Institute
In 1989 the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) established the Aviation Security (AVSEC) Mechanism which has fostered the establishment of training facilities in this field of activity world-wide. Since then, regional and subregional aviation security training centres have been established in 32 locations worldwide. Close cooperation between all existing regional and sub-regional centres is a must in order to achieve consistent results in an endeavour to ensure ever higher standards in aviation security.
EASTI was inaugurated on 19 November 1997 as the European ICAO Avsec Training centre of Excellence by Dr. Assad Kotaite, President of the ICAO – Council, the Belgian Minister of Transport and the President of ECAC.
During its 20 years of existence, EASTI catered for a wide range of ICAO courses, ECAC workshops and national training packages.
Since 2015 EASTI also became an associated body of ECAC.
The Institute is located in Haren, close to Brussels Airport (3 km) and in between EUROCONTROL and NATO HQ.