European General Aviation Safety Team Elects Co-chairs

Representatives of the General Aviation community from across Europe came together in Cologne on 1 April for the first 2008 meeting of the European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST).

The Team approved the EGAST terms of reference and nominated two co-chairs from the General Aviation community: Eric Mandemaker, Chief Executive Officer of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and James Black, Board Member of the European Council of General Aviation Support (ECOGAS) and of the European Airshow Council (EAC).

Third component of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI), EGAST is a voluntary partnership between the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), other European intergovernmental bodies and regulators, including national aviation authorities, and the General Aviation community, aiming at improving General Aviation safety.

As agreed at the April meeting, the objective of EGAST is to promote and initiate for all sectors of General Aviation best practices and awareness in order to improve safety, thereby reducing the accident rates.

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