Production Approval Authorization
Permits 3 plants within EU to use same standards
What took so LONG?
EASA PRESS RELEASE “Marignane, 5th February 2018 – The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Airbus Helicopters have just implemented a new single Production Organisation Approval (POA). This replaces previous national approvals from France, Germany and Spain by a single, integrated framework allowing for simplified industrial exchanges between Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing facilities and supporting the company’s industrial strategy of site specialisation across Europe.”
AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, since the 1992 merger of the helicopter divisions of Aérospatiale and DASA, has had a manufacturing organization with plants in Marignane, France (headquarters), Albacete, Spain and Donauwörth, Germany. While Airbus Helicopters is also operating under a single Design Organisation Approval (DOA) from EASA since June 2016 (an EASA DOA simplified and harmonized the TC process), this 2018 POA brings similar transnational consistency to the PC side.
Both EASA and AIRBUS issued statements about this authorization:
“The implementation of the single POA allows us to work as a truly integrated company and ensures that our various sites are no longer considered as each other’s suppliers from a regulatory perspective,” said Christian Cornille, Airbus Helicopters EVP of industry.
“A Single POA is of great value for Airbus Helicopters as it ensures continuity of its production procedures across its various European production sites and according to Europe’s highest safety standards” said Ralf Erckmann, EASA’s deputy flight standards director. “It is also a proof that EASA and the European National Aviation Authorities work hand in hand for the benefit of the European aviation industry and its customers.”
Although the internal policies of EASA are arcane, it would have seemed intuitive that the PC granted to each plant by each CAA would have become unified by the unification under EASA’s aegis or at least would have been contemporaneously with the 1992 merger. AIRBUS HELICOPTERS has other plants in Brazil (Helibras), Australia, Romania and the United States. Will EASA extend the POA to these other locations based on existing or new BASAs?
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