Aircraft. CAAS and EASA expand collaboration with new working arrangement on airworthiness certification
Cologne, Germany - Industry to benefit from reduced duplication of regulatory efforts
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have signed a working arrangement that will reduce regulatory compliance cost and facilitate more business opportunities for companies in Singapore and Europe. The Working Arrangement on Airworthiness Certification (WA-AC) was signed by Director-General of CAAS, Kevin Shum, and Executive Director of EASA, Patrick Ky, on the sidelines of the World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum. 2. The WA-AC establishes a reciprocal arrangement between the two organisations to validate and accept each other’s design certifications and approvalsof aircraft parts, aircraft modifications and repairs. In addition, Design Organisation Approval (DOA) holders will no longer need to hold duplicate CAAS and EASA Approvals to operate in both Singapore and Europe. The number of regulatory inspections will be reduced, resulting in time and cost savings for the aviation industry on both sides. Air operators and other industry stakeholders from both Europe and Singapore will benefit from this arrangement. 3. In addition, the WA-AC facilitates the sharing of work practices and exchange of safety oversight information between CAAS and EASA. This will improve safety, deepen cooperation and pave the way for future collaboration. 4. This WA-AC was concluded under the ambit of a CAAS-EASA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed in February 2012. This WA-AC is the third working arrangement (WA) signed under the MOU. The first WA, concluded in September 2013, pertains to the collection and exchange of information under the European Union (EU) Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) programme. The second WA, signed in August 2015, involves a joint study of aircraft wake turbulence, with the aim of safely reducing aircraft separation standards during take-offs and landings, thus boosting runway capacity.
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