June 17, 2016 – Representatives from the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) participated in a range of panels and plenary discussions at the 2016 EASA-FAA International Safety Conference, which took place in Washington D.C. on June 14-16, 2016.
Mr. Yves Regis, Vice President Product Integrity at Airbus, stressed the importance to unlock the full benefits of the existing bilateral safety agreements between the EU and the US, Canada and Brazil to minimise duplicative oversight and make more efficient use of safety resources in the authorities and industry.
Mr. Vincent De Vroey, Civil Aviation Director at ASD, emphasised that the European aeronautics industry has a proven track record for continuously reducing the environmental impact of its products, reducing CO2 emissions by over 70% and noise by 75% over the last 50 years. In this regard, Mr. De Vroey stressed the importance for industry and regulators to continue working on global environmental certification standards through the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Mr. Gilles Garrouste, Deputy Vice President Certification at Dassault Aviation and Chairman of the ASD Airworthiness Committee, who participated in a Panel on Risk-Based Decision Making, stressed the importance for industry and regulators to continue working in partnership as the capstone for safety. He highlighted the EASA concept of level of involvement as a step in the right direction.
Mr. Eric Parelon, Airworthiness Certification Vice President at Thales, highlighted the importance of working in close partnership with Authorities upfront in order to be ready to introduce innovations and new technologies in a safely manner and at the right time for market.
Mrs. Belinda Swain, Head of Airworthiness at Rolls-Royce, highlighted the potential for performance-based regulations to allow a wider range of solutions, making the implementation of new technology faster and more efficient, whilst performance-based oversight can make better use of regulatory resources while increasing the likelihood of significant issues being addressed early.
In the panel relating to Operational Suitability Data, Mrs. Regine Vadrot, Head of Training and Operational Certification at Airbus, emphasised the importance of harmonisation of rules between the authorities and the need to establish reciprocal acceptance of Operational Suitability Data.