GAMA announces a “Landmark Bilateral Aviation Safety Procedures Agreement”. At the recent Certification Management Team meeting in Ottawa, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed two amendments to advance their cooperation in the CMT Collaboration Strategy.
Curiously, particularly for a Landmark Agreement, none of the 2 agencies have issued a press release. Equally puzzling is that the 2016 CMT referenced involved four agencies. This time the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) is not mentioned (the GAMA release hopes that ANAC will be included soon). A final absence, no recognition of this groundbreaking event by the Aerospace Industries Association (which represents the manufacturers of airliners), can be explained. The specific terms of the agreement among the three certification authorities primarily relate to “all piston engine and propeller type certificate.”
GAMA’s level of interest may also reflect its leadership in moving the FAA, specifically the revised Part 23, away from prescriptive and towards performance based standards; away from universally based rules towards a risk-based regime.
The first change is labeled Revision 6 of the EASA-FAA Technical Implementation Procedures for airworthiness and environmental certification (TIP). This amendment explicitly incorporates a risk-based approach PLUS seeking to reduce and further eliminate redundant authority involvement.
This revision clarifies that future certification projects will use a three-tiered approach–
- mutual confidence and safety risk:
- reciprocal acceptance, including all Technical Standard Orders for equipment, maintenance repair data and alterations on import aircraft;
- streamlined validation for basic design approvals, including all piston engine and propeller type certificates; and introduction of a new validation work plan approach to manage projects to focus Validating Authority technical involvement only in appropriate areas defined up front, based on risk.
The second amendment–Revision 3— increases cooperation during certification and validation projects, and increases data sharing for in-service aircraft operations.
This tripartite agreement should have major impacts on international certifications, thus allowing new products to be approved more quickly by coordinate CAAs and resulting in faster availability of innovations in aviation in global markets
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