The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recently been given new responsibilities in the fields of air operations, flight crew licensing and the authorisation of third country operators. In the coming months, the Agency will draft European-wide binding rules and continue its consultation with stakeholders. EASA Executive Director Patrick Goudou outlined the Agency’s extension of scope at the ILA (Internationale Luftfahrt-Ausstellung) in Berlin.
“I am convinced that this extension of remit is of benefit to European citizens and businesses. The authorisation of third country operators is a case in point. It will prevent unsafe airlines from operating into Europe and complement the existing European blacklist. New common rules for operations and flight crew licensing will further enhance our European aviation safety system. EASA is dedicated to open dialogue and full public consultation with stakeholders”, said Goudou.
The Agency is also drafting common rules for the issuing of private and professional pilot licences, and the associated ratings. Important innovations will also be made in the area of General Aviation, for example the introduction of a new European leisure pilot licence.
The Agency is represented at the Berlin Air Show ILA 2008 with a large delegation to inform about its activities. EASA’s stand is located in hall 9, stand number 9432.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was set up by the EU in 2003 to promote the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation. Based in Cologne, the Agency currently employs some 400 experts and administrators from all over Europe.