Civil aviation is very much an international industry, of course.



Because of this, most of the rules governing it emanate from a special United Nations agency: the International Civil Aviation Organisation ( ICAO).



We are also subject to regulations imposed by the European Commission, like those under the Single European Sky initiative, as well as rules issued by European Aviation Safety Agency ( EASA). Finally, domestic Dutch law affects us by, for example, allocating airspace for particular uses and imposing environmental restrictions.



Supplementing these regulatory regimes are a host of organisations that issue safety recommendations and advice. They include the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol), the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and national bodies like the Dutch Safety Board (DSB).