Fri, Nov 18, 2005
In an EU release,
Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency Patrick
Goudou welcomed the Commission's proposal to extend the Agency's
regulatory powers to air operations, flight crew licensing and
oversight of third-country airlines.
"We are already the sole competent authority for
type-certification. With the proposed legislation, there will be
one set of rules for all operators and crews based in Europe," said
Goudou at a Thursday meeting with aviation industry
representatives. "While the Agency will be responsible for setting
the rules and making sure they are applied to the same standards
across the EU, the national aviation authorities will continue to
issue licenses for pilots and operators."
Goudou was also candid about EASA's oversight responsibility of
non-EU carriers operating throughout the union.
"Operators from non-EU countries providing services in Europe
will have to meet the same safety standards as European operators,"
said Goudou. "It will be our job to certify they comply with the
essential requirements of operating aircraft in the EU."
Emphasizing the need for dialogue with the aviation industry,
Goudou said “We want to intensify our discussions with
industry to better explain what we are doing and where we are
going. Industry meetings will take place on a regular basis."
"Moreover, working groups on specific technical issues will
offer industry the opportunity to bring practical expertise into
the regulatory process,” added Goudou.
The EU proposal to grant the European Aviation Safety
Association regulatory powers -- a la the FAA in the United States
-- is expected to become policy by 2007.
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