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EASA Executive Director Goudou Briefs on the Activities of EASA

EASA Executive Director Patrick Goudou welcomed the community to the FAA EASA International Safety Meeting with some very brief comments.  The FAA EASA International Safety Meeting opened in New Orleans on June 8, 2010.  The FAA EASA International Safety Meeting is an opportunity for the government of the world to coordinate their aviation safety regulatory and implementation efforts.

The recent Icelandic volcano issue has shown how important it is for the aviation authorities of the world to work together on aviation safety.  He expressed his appreciation for the focus of the Conference on safety management.

EASA is working on several operations-based rulemaking activities, based on its 2008 mandate for EASA to regulate Flight Crew Licensing.  They are reviewing stake holder comments on Flight Crew Licensing, Authority and Organization Requirements, Operational Suitability/Safety Directives, and Air Operations of [European] Community Operations.  EASA opinions are scheduled to be published by mid-2011 and implementing rules should be adopted by April 2012.

They are also working with Eurocontrol on Air Traffic Management and Air Navigation System rules, and they plan to have implementing regulations adopted by the end of 2012.

EASA has signed agreements with all of the ECAC states that are not part of the European Community, so that they will be following the EASA regulations.

EASA has been creating electronic courses to provide technical training on European regulations as well as the European bilateral.  The aim of these projects is to provide better (and more readily available) education on the requirements of the EASA rules and governing documents.

Europe has been implementing a State Safety Program (European Aviation Safety Programme) to meet the ICAO SSP requirements.  The objective of this plan will be to have a framework for dealing with common high level issues in Europe.  They will use safety risk analysis to focus their resources on the most important safety issues, and they will coordinate their efforts with the SSPs of each of the member states.  One goal of this program is to encourage a “just culture” paradigm in Europe.

EASA has formed a European Aviation Safety Advisory Committee to advise the Management Board of the Agency on safety strategy issues.

EASA will host an International Air Safety and Climate Change Conference in Cologne on September 8-9, 2010.  The focus will not be on the impact of aviation on climate change; rather the focus will be on the impact of climate change on civil aviation.  One focus area will be an examination of how certification standards need to change to reflect climate change issues.

EASA has been standardizing its internal processes, and they plan for the entire organization to be ISO 9001 certified by the end of 2010.  The FAA’s Aviation Safety organization is ISO 9001 certified.

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About Jason Dickstein

Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. He represents several aviation trade associations, including the Aviation Suppliers Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association.

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