|EASA’s Executive Director Patrick Ky signs the 22 authorizations during a ceremony held at Brussels airport, in the presence of Commissioner Violeta Bulc. Photo: EASA
[Avionics Today 07-02-2015] The European Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have issued the first single air safety authorizations to 22 third country operators. These certifications will be valid throughout the EU.
By 2016, all non-EU airlines wishing to fly to the EU will be required to hold such authorization certifying their compliance with international safety standards. The objective of this new authorization is twofold: cutting red-tape by replacing today's maze of national authorizations with a single document and maintaining a high level of aviation safety in Europe. EASA aims to be the "one-stop shop,” delivering the authorization to airlines.
This new system complements existing EU-wide tools to prevent unsafe airlines from operating in the EU. The new authorization system does not apply to EU airlines, which are still subject to safety oversight and certification by national aviation authorities.