“One, if by land, and two, if by sea” was coined by the American poet, Henry W. Longfellow in his poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” It was a reference to the secret signal orchestrated by Revere during his historic ride from Boston to Concord on the verge of American Revolutionary War. The signal was meant to alert patriots about the route the British troops chose to advance to Concord, according to Heritage.com.
The headline signal to the US Government should warn, not so secretly, the executive and legislative branches that rather than attacking Concord, MA (or should it be Concorde?) that Europe plans to extend its influence over Asia. Another aphorism, attributed to either Edmund Burke and/or George Santana, is applicable here too:
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
This map shows the sphere of influence which the Europeans held during the colonial era. The article posted by Consultancy.uk clearly hangs THREE lanterns in the Old North Church’s steeple. The UK consultant cadre is clearly salivating with even one of the firms, ECORYS, whose logo is shown on one of the pictures.
The image is ominous, but the words truly declare an intention. By parsing the language, the text will tell:
The European aviation sector remains a key contributor to the wider EU economy. Competition from particularly Asian Pacific players [read competition for buyers; China is not that much of a threat NOW] is picking up however, as the region becomes a global economic powerhouse. To meet that competition, the European Commission recently sought to find ways in which to make the European aviation industry more competitive. One of which is the introduction of a shared responsibility approach to EU aviation regulation, as well as pursuing strong international regulatory frameworks and procedures that place airlines globally on a level playing field.”
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No doubt of what the EASA direction is! Now the author clarifies the strategic goal:
“Aviation remains an important contributor to economic growth, jobs, trade and mobility for the European Union (EU). The sector employs between 1.4 million and 2 million people directly, and overall accounts for between 4.83 million and 5.54 million jobs. The sector contributes €110 billion directly to EU GDP, while the wider impacts from the sector bring in up to €510 billion through the multiplier effect.”
“The European Commission commissioned a report, titled ‘An Aviation Strategy for Europe’, into ways of improving the European aviation sector’s competitiveness in the face of Asian expansion. A number of organisations took part in the development of the final document, with consulting firm ECORYS focusing on the improvement to the safety and security side of future aviation in the EU.”
“To remain competitive however, the report finds that the regulatory system needs to be better equipped to deal with risks in a ‘quicker and more effective manner’, for which it recommends a performance-based approach to safety regulation and oversight. One such measure is the improved leveraging of resources at EU and Member States level. A framework needs to be developed that allows for the ‘sharing of technical resources between the national authorities and the European Aviation Safety Agency should be put in place.'”
“A further move would see the EU spread its high aviation safety standards across the globe, by helping to push for a worldwide safety standard. Finally, the report suggests that regulations are streamlined in ways to reduce unnecessary procedures that add little value in terms of safety and cost time and money, while creating opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.”
It is pretty clear that the EU intends to use governmental resources to advance the continents’ commercial interests.
As noted before, the US Congress, quite consciously, deleted the word “promote” from the FAA mission. The consequence of this legislative amendment is explained here:
“Administrator Huerta reinforced the theme of ‘global leadership’ as one of the agency’s four strategic initiatives at the Dubai Air Show. The Global Leadership Initiative is setting the FAA priority to engage with the international aviation community ‘to improve safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability through regulatory harmonization and partnerships.’ Compared to the EC Declaration, that’s a passive, non-promotional statement. He has a staff with international presence and relations; however, he has had to shrink the overseas offices staffed with FAA aviation experts.”
Of the pending 24 contracts listed by the FAA, none appear to do something remotely similar to what EASA’s declared intent to spread its regulatory regime. Recent audits by ICAO, the FAA and EASA have shown that there are significant deficiencies within many Civil Aviation Authorities.
If there is a valid need to help some nations, perhaps the US State Department and its U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). Its mission is simply stated, as follows:
“USTDA promotes economic growth in emerging economies by facilitating the participation of U.S. businesses in the planning and execution of priority development projects in host countries. The Agency’s objectives are to help build the infrastructure for trade, match U.S. technological expertise with overseas development needs, and help create lasting business partnerships between the United States and emerging economies.”
Perhaps, USTD could fund US consulting firms to spread the gospel of American aviation, since the FAA cannot.
If the US does not promote the integrity and quality of its regulatory regime; the old colonial empire will be replicated as a European aviation influence sphere.
Right, Carl Burleson. There are three lamps hanging over Europe.