European Aviation Safety

The EU issues safety authorizations of individual carriers rather than of nations’ safety competence—a change?

The EU has issued a “new safety authorization scheme” and has granted certifications to 20 Third Country Operators. The press release trumpets that this new scheme will cut “red-tape by replacing today’s maze of national authorisations with a single document and maintaining high level of aviation safety in Europe. EASA will be the ‘one-stop shop’, delivering the authorisation to airlines.” Each carrier will receive an individual TCO, but the historical country-to country safety recognitions seem to be ignored. The TCO seems to be beyond historic safety structures.