The point of EASA’s annual review is to focus the community on continuously improving aviation safety throughout Europe.
EASA participated in an international effort and cooperation with the FAA to reorganize the CS-23/Part 23 in order to revive certified general aviation.
Aviation safety in EU and Canada is generally ranked as being the US’s equal, yet similar to the US, there is constant negative press about aviation.
ICAO is an important deliberative body for setting global standards, but since its members are also subject to those standards, they are not as good at compelling compliance.
EASA commissioned two studies on Cabin Air Quality. The conclusions sound fairly safe, but there are unknowns about potential hazards and individual health problems. The FAA might want to participate in this study.
Airline economics and competition are considered to be separate from SAFETY, but it would be naïve to discount that pressure on the bottom line. Thus, it is instructive to review significant issues on the money-making side of airline ventures.
Neighbors to European Airports ARE BEGINNING to benefit from Optimal Profile Descent (OPD) implementation around the continent. Why has the incredibly green EU been so slow in adding OPD to its environmental efforts?
On December 9, EASA proposed new operational rules to better support pilot mental fitness, most of which seem to be correct. However, there might be some ambiguities that need to be resolved and refined.