EASA changes its Director of Certification

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GAMA Bids Farewell to EASA’s Trevor Woods, Welcomes New Certification Director Rachel Daeschler

GAMA thanks Woods

GAMA welcomes Rachel Daeschler

Important Transition for Certification

Brussels, Belgium –– The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today released the following statement about the retirement of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Certification Director Trevor Woods, and the appointment of his successor, Rachel Daeschler:

“GAMA has enjoyed an open and productive working relationship with Trevor Woods since he took on the role of Certification Director in 2015. During his tenure, he has led many significant initiatives that have helped set the general aviation manufacturing and maintenance industry up for success for years to come.

“This work includes: establishing a risk-based standardisation system across EASA’s Member States; developing a more efficient approach to oversight of design organisations on certification projects; publishing new performance-based certification specifications for general aviation aeroplanes; and the establishment of validation objectives and strategy with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other leading worldwide civil aviation authorities for streamlining product validations between authorities.

“On behalf of our global and European members we thank Trevor for his significant contributions advancing aviation safety and facilitating the development and introduction of new general aviation products and technologies in Europe and beyond.

“GAMA also welcomes Rachel Daeschler as EASA’s new Certification Director. Ms. Daeschler brings many years of aircraft certification experience to this position, having worked at EASA since 2004 and previously with the French Directorate General for Civil Aviation.

“We look forward to working with Rachel and her team to continue to build a risk-based and efficient regulatory environment that enhances safety, and is equipped to support the certification of new and innovative technologies being developed by industry to include such revolutionary products as electric and hybrid propulsion and increased automation.”

This transition comes at a critical time in aircraft certification. The FAA and EASA are moving toward more risk-based regulation. Mr. Woods, an engineer, has been involved in the implementation of the new Part 23, but Ms. Daeschler should be well prepared for further actions on GA aircraft as well as face the challenges of devising a performance vs. prescription Part 25 rewrite. The FAA is working through similar career successions at both the Associate Administrator and Certification levels.

Trevor Woods

Trevor Woods is the Certification Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the EU Agency responsible for air safety located in Cologne. He is responsible for the certification, organisation approvals and rulemaking for all EU designed aircraft, engines and equipment, and validation of all such products designed outside the EU used by EU operators. Prior to his current role he held the position of EASA Flight Standards Director, responsible for rulemaking and standardisation of EU National Authorities in the domains of Aircraft Maintenance, Production, Operations, Aircrew, Aerodromes and Air Traffic Management. In addition, for the approval of organisations outside of the EU in these domains.

He Graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and later achieved a Master of Business Administration both at Kingston University. He launched his career in the Future Projects Department at British Aerospace Military Division in the development of supersonic VSTOL aircraft and UAV concepts.

Following this he moved to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where he led a wide range of aircraft certification projects from balloons and microlights to large wide body aeroplanes and supersonic transport. He has led both national and multinational certification programmes including the development of international agreements to support these programmes. He subsequently headed the UK CAA Transport Aeroplanes and Rotorcraft Certification Section, followed by the UK CAA Airworthiness Strategy and Policy Department. Through his involvement in the ICAO Airworthiness Panel, he played a major role in the complete overhaul of Annex 8 of the Chicago Convention providing the international standards for aircraft and engine certification. When the European Aviation Safety Agency was established in 2003, he played a central role in developing and implementing the UK CAA transition plan to accommodate the new European Regulations and responsibilities.

In 2008 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of UK CAA Subsidiary Air Safety Support International, providing a system of civil aviation safety regulation in the UK Overseas Territories. In this he worked with UK Overseas Territories Aviation Authorities and Governors’ Offices to develop and implement Overseas Territories Aviation Requirements.

In his spare time he enjoys flying as a private pilot.

Rachel Daeschle

Regional Safety Oversight Organizations – Coordination Officer

chez L’Organisation de l’aviation civile international








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