The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has signed agreements with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada (TCCA) to allow the regulatory authorities to rely on each other’s systems.
The partnership will eliminate the need for applications, additional validation and administrative review by each party in the US, Canadian, and European aerospace industries.
The new safety agreements will allow reciprocal acceptance of the majority of Technical Standard Order (TSO)-approved articles.
Under the terms of the agreement, EASA will facilitate acceptance of the classification for basic Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs).
An audit process will ensure that technical classifications continue to meet established criteria, and make sure standards are being met.
In addition, the agreements will eliminate duplicate processes besides enabling quicker installation of safety enhancing equipments.
The partnership is expected to save time and money for both the regulatory authorities and the aerospace industries.
FAA and EASA have worked together for over a decade including on the regulation of civil aviation safety in both the countries.
FAA and TCCA have been working together for over fifteen years and both the regulators entered into a bilateral agreement on aviation safety in May this year.
The move comes after the current authorisation of the FAA was reported to be expiring by the end of this month.
The US Government is supposed to enact legislation to set the FAA’s funding levels and policy priorities and reauthorise the regulatory entity in every few years.