EASA press release on its Certification of an Aircraft raises questions of whether “Promoting Aviation” is appropriate

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From the EASA October 20, 2014 website— The European Aviation Safety Agency has certified the new EC135 T3/P3 by Airbus Helicopters, completing a new chapter in the development history of the EC135 family.

From the EASA September 30, 2014 website— “The Airbus A350-900 is the first Airbus passenger aircraft with a new design to be entirely certified by EASA, from the application by Airbus in 2007 until the type certification.

Results from a Google Search of “FAA Aircraft Certification press release” = 0.0

The Congress, in its infinite wisdom, statutorily removed the words “promote aviation” from the FAA’s statement of policies.

The above observations raise some questions. It would be interesting to hear from Journal readers their thoughts in response to these questions and/or your own thoughts (please USE the below COMMENTS box):

1. Is it good or bad that a certification authority issues a press release announcing that a new aircraft has been approved?

2. Does such an action create the appearance that the governmental authority supports the product being publicized?

3. Does such a statement cause any doubt of the objectivity of the body reviewing the safety of the aircraft?

4. Depending on the answers to these questions, is it unfair that EASA can promote its certificated products and the FAA may not?

5. Should Congress reconsider its deletion of “promote aviation from the FAA’s statute?

6. Or does this example show why aviation authorities should not announce its approvals?

7. Insert your own thoughts, opinions, insights?

The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is reviewing the FAA Reauthorization. Thoughtful responses to these questions might be useful for their consideration.

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