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FAA signs agreements with Transport Canada, EASA

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The FAA has signed agreements with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada (TCCA), which will allow the regulatory authorities to rely on each other’s systems. The agreements aim to eliminate duplicate processes, install safety enhancing equipment on aircraft more quickly, and save time and money, the regulators said.

“Strong partnerships are a key to consistent safety standards around the world,” FAA said. “Based on more than a decade of FAA cooperation with EASA and over 15 years with TCCA, the agencies have established confidence in each other’s regulatory systems. Rooted in that confidence, the new safety agreements allow reciprocal acceptance of the majority of Technical Standard Order-approved articles. This change benefits US, Canadian and European aerospace industries organizations by eliminating the need for applications, additional validation and administrative review by each party.”

According to FAA, the new agreement with EASA also facilitates acceptance of the classification for basic supplemental type certificates. An audit process will ensure that technical classifications continue to meet established criteria, and make sure standards are being met, it said.