Flying in Europe today is safer than ever before. Air transport is also one of the fastest growing forms of transport; regulators, operators and manufacturers must strive to find new and innovative ways to further improve these high standards. Since its creation by the European Union in 2002, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has established itself as a highly competent, innovative and internationally influential aviation safety regulator. ASD and its members are key interlocutors for EASA at different levels and in particular in the field of airworthiness.
EASA plays a vital role in certifying European aircraft products, design offices, production facilities, repair shops, etc. The agency’s efficiency and effectiveness therefore have a major influence on the ability for European manufacturers to get their products to market and generate exports: industry hence needs a regulatory and certification body powerful enough to help it face the international competition, with sufficient means to carry out the necessary certification tasks.
The increasing complexity of products and the development of new technologies also trigger a natural evolution in the EASA regulatory system: future EASA regulations will include fewer detailed technical requirements whereas the detailed technical means to comply with the regulations will be based on making use of standardization bodies supported by the industry. Certification methods are also evolving with the use of the latest technologies.
At international level, EU manufacturers sometimes face duplicative oversight from authorities: the increase of Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements (BASAs) between EASA and like-minded foreign Authorities is a key enabler in ensuring greater collaboration among civil aviation authorities and hence reduce the time to market of EU aviation products.
EU manufacturers collaboratively work with manufacturers from the rest of the world on global aircraft airworthiness requirements, under the umbrella of the International Coordinating Council of AeroSpace Industries Association (ICCAIA), which is recognised as an observer by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) - a UN’s specialized agency.
The ASD Airworthiness Committee and its specialists groups are the main interface towards EASA, addressing safety and regulatory matters ranging from engines to software systems, maintenance and flight standards, standardisation and new certification methods.