EASA announces a major presence in South Asia; FAA Assistant Administrator should respond with an FAA International Strategic Plan

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EASA sets up in South Asia

Part of a global aeropolitical campaign

FAA Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs must set his Strategy

EASA just announced that, in addition to this system of international outposts, it is adding technical agreements with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The Congress, Secretary Buttigieg, the  Department of State( esp. USTDA), Administrator Dickson and specifically the Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment (APL-1) Wildgoose MUST  recognize that EASA is aggressivelystrengthening institutional relations and cooperation between the EU and the aviation authorities” to “support EU competitiveness(direct quote from below EASA press release). EASA Executive Director Ky promotes his authority’s safety regimen; while Congress prohibits Administrator Dickson from responding.

Actually, the FAA’s agenda needs be more than convincing other CAAs to use the FARs as a model for their safety regulations. The events of  March 19, 2019 made it clear that the US Aviation Safety reputation needs remediation.  The FAA’s overseas presence has diminished for many years due to Congress’ reduction in personnel budgets. With limited resources, Mr. Wildgoose should prioritize his assets, their deployment and agenda.

It should be noted that the FAA 2019-2022 Strategic Plan (42 pages long) does not mention INTERNATIONAL in its Table of contents and the existing FY 2021 APL Business Plan(38 pages) is similarly bereft in reestablishing relationships with the other Civil Aviation Authorities as a major action.

APL international points

(APL plan p.36)

Mr. Wildgoose should engage the Administrator’s senior representatives and his own team in a strategic planning effort to narrow the international focus which he must pursue. The EASA map of its tentacles around the globe is daunting.

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Hopefully that high level review will assess the strategic importance of the CAAs around the globe, the needs of each organization, the trajectory of the nation’s aviation industry, diplomatic nuances and LAST, trade considerations.





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Mr. Wildgoose came from the Hill; he recognizes that, to make an international initiative work, he must have a credible needs statement, prioritized and with costs for each project on the list. Helping the FAA restore its preeminence will draw the attention of his Secretary and his President.


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New EU-South Asia Aviation Partnership Project launched

21 Jun 2021

Ky in Thailand




[earlier picture of Mr. Ky in Thailand]


A new EU-South Asia Partnership Project (EU-SA APP II) was launched on June 15, 2021 for a 3-year period, following signing of the contract by EASA Executive Director of EASA, Mr. Patrick Ky.

The project aims at strengthening institutional relations and cooperation between the EU and the aviation authorities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while supporting the implementation of aviation agreements and the sharing of best practices to promote EU standards. One objective is to raise awareness for environmental protection efforts to encourage climate action in the region.
At the same time the project will facilitate a more secure, compatible and less restricted access for European industry to the regional markets through promoting industrial exchanges to support EU competitiveness in the region.

This will be done through a series of exchanges, studies, support to policy dialogues, outreach events, as well as specialised technical assistance and trainings.

The project will start immediately and will serve as a follow-up to the preceding 4-year project which ended in December 2020.



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