The achievement of certification of the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIM) as the Organization for meteorological services provider on the 12th of August 2016 is great milestone in the history for the SIMS and the assurance of security and safety of the meteorological products and services for Aviation users. This certification is compliance with the Civil Aviation Act 2008 PART IV RULES, where the Honourable Minister of the Crown in Solomon Islands Government may make rules (in this Act called “ordinary rules”) for all or any of the following purposes – (a) the implementation of the obligations of Solomon Islands under the Convention of ICAO – Annex 3 applies to Meteorology; (b) the provision of aviation meteorological services, search and rescue services, and civil aviation security programmes and services.
Two very important documents were signed on the 12th of August 2016 - the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Communication and Aviation and the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, and a Letter of Agreement between Civil Aviation Air Traffic Service and the SIMS.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands adopted the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZCAA) standards. The Meteorology Service is required to meet the standards under NZCAA Rules Part 174 in particular Part 174.5 which states the certification requirements for Meteorological Service.
SIMS has also plan to work towards the ISO 9001: 2015 certification of its services provision to aviation as required by the ICAO Annex 3.