The bilateral aviation safety agreement between the EU and China entered into force on 1 September. The agreement was first signed in Brussels on 20 May 2019. This bilateral agreement, which mainly concerns the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), “will simplify the process of obtaining product authorizations. at the same time, we will ensure that high safety and environmental standards continue to be met. » What will be the real impact of this agreement on the aviation industry? Bilateral agreements facilitate the reciprocal certificate of airworthiness of civil air products imported/exported between two signatory States. A bilateral airworthiness agreement (BAA) or a bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) with airworthiness implementation procedures (APIs) provides for technical cooperation between the FAA and its partner authorities in the field of civil aviation. “I am convinced that with this bilateral agreement, relations between Europe and China in the field of aviation will take the next step. This reinforces EASA`s commitment to working closely with international partners to build a safe and environmentally sustainable industry. Patrick Ky, Executive Director, EASA This agreement supports the updating of the FAA Aircraft Certification Service certification strategy by meeting the needs of stakeholders and encouraging the smooth transfer of products and approvals worldwide. Work procedures are a type of agreement with a foreign CAA with which the FAA has not entered into a bilateral agreement. They are used to define the methods used by the FAA`s Aircraft Certification Service to assist another state in authorizing aeronautical products and articles exported from the United States to that state. What does the agreement allow? This agreement would help China export domestic-developed aircraft, such as the C919 and ARJ-21.
FAA and EASA certifications are the ideal imprimatur for COMAC. The ARJ-21, for example, did not look like an FAA certification candidate. This has limited its export potential, even with irresistible prices. The IAP (Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness) document allows each authority to use the authorizations issued by the other for design, production and airworthiness as well as the continuation of airworthiness. The agreement uses the compatibilities between the certification schemes of the two authorities and respects the commitment of the United States. . . .