A conference between EASA and FAA at which AOA-1 (a) speaks
With a technical agenda, he glances over them
Capt. Nolen is that SAFETY is paramount, risk may delay Innovation
Acting FAA Administrator Capt. Billy Nolen gave a speech at, the 2022 FAA-European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) International Aviation Safety Conference. The event was a meeting of regulators, aerospace industry representatives, and other stakeholders from around the world. The agenda included prominent issues facing all in the audience:
managing cybersecurity threats,
This is a critical forum for the head of the US safety agency to repair some of the tears in the fabric of the US-EU relationships post Max 8. You do not make up in a public speech and Captain Nolen’s words did not promote reconciliation.
His speech, see below, briefly touched on all of the subjects listed in the Conference agenda. Each mention had little depth as to substance, but every reference included a message about safety. To summarize the message: Innovation is moving at an historic rate; the technology is challenging the regulators; safety must be the #1 priority. Every one of his peers knew that rule of review; so, the lecture’s “lesson” was underwhelming to them.
The target of the Nolen sermon was the entrepreneurs, i.e. “yes, your technology has great economic momentum behind it, but SAFETY will prevail—BE PATIENT.”
Anyone asking the FAA for a TC or AOC that introduces significant new designs or operational model can learn from the FAA’s response to the introduction of UAS technology. Career civil servants are not rewarded for taking risks in aviation safety. The track of the first request for a type certificate to issuance of airworthiness approval is a series of small steps. Even more risk averse with the permission of night time flights, over people movement and BVLOS; show how you can operate at a high level of safety and THEN, the FAA will give the authority= PATIENCE.
THAT WAS CAPTAIN NOLEN’S SUBTLE, BUT SUBSTANTIVE SIGNAL.
Image : FAA Billy Nolen Twitter account
“If aviation isn’t safe, then it doesn’t matter how exciting it is.”
This is the main message that acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Billy Nolen conveyed in his opening remarks at the 2022 FAA-European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) International Aviation Safety Conference on June 15, 2022 at Washington, DC.
“Change has always been constant. But in aviation, it’s happening faster and faster. We’re seeing tremendous levels of new technology and innovation in this industry. If aviation isn’t safe, then it doesn’t matter how exciting it is; or what the promised benefits are,” said Nolan, who has been acting as FAA administrator since April 2022.
Acknowledging breakthroughs in aviation technology such as drones and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), popularly dubbed flying taxis, Nolen emphasized the need for safety vigilance.
“As a global aviation community, we must continue to work together to address all safety concerns, so that we can enable these game-changing innovations, in a way that is seamless around the world.”
Using the aphorism of “a rising tide lifts all boats”, Nolen went on to say that any improvements in aviation safety by North America and Europe will also benefit the rest of the world.
“When we create ways to improve safety in aviation, we can share that knowledge to lift safety all across the world,” Nolen said.
“Americans, and increasingly every person across the globe, expect the high level of safety that we have in North America and Europe … they expect that in every airspace.”
“In the FAA, we’ve seen the benefits of SMS in driving down safety risk for commercial aviation, which is why we are working to expand SMS requirements to manufacturers, airports, and aviation service providers,” Nolen said.
Nolen said: “When it comes to pilot mental health, or other safety issues, we’ve learned that being open, transparent and proactive has been the key to our success.”
The 2022 FAA-EASA aviation safety conference is being held from June 14-16, 2022. It brings together regulators, aerospace industry representatives, and other stakeholders from around the world to share aviation safety information, address current areas of mutual concern, and identify future collaborative opportunities with the global community.
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