What is the issue?

EASA is the European Aviation Safety Agency. It was created to centralise aviation safety in Europe. Specifically it is involved in the certification and airworthiness approvals for aircraft. In a first extension of its competencies, EASA became responsible for rules and oversight for aircraft operations and licensing. In a second extension the responsibility on  safety of aerodromes and air traffic management was added.

How is ECA involved?

EASA consults ECA regularly on rulemaking and safety issues and ECA also proactively approaches EASA on topics that affect its members. ECA has two pilot representatives on the EASA safety standards consultative committee. ECA participates in the flight standards, the ATM, the airport and the design & engineering subgroup. ECA also has two positions on the EASA Advisory Board, a body which advises the EASA Management Board composed of Member State Representatives. ECAST and EHEST, the European Commercial safety and helicopter safety teams are also run by EASA and ECA pilots participate here as well as in the Safety management systems subgroup. In addition there are the EAS FCL Partnership Group which aims at achieving common understanding between national aviation authorities on FCL issues, the EASA Human Factors Advisory Group which is responsible on advising EASA on all human factor related issues, the EASA Flight Data Recorder group and the EASA Medical Expert Group. In all of these ECA is represented with one or more pilots. Pilots have also been involved in drafting implementing rules for operations and licensing, as well as other relevant rule-making activities.

Why is the issue important to ECA?

As central EU safety body, EASA makes the aviation safety rules, certifies and oversees safety in the EU Member States. For ECA the bottom line is safety: adequate rules, the correct monitoring of the implementation of standards in the Member States and proper certification, airworthiness, licensing and operational framework are the backbone of the pilot concerns. Robust certification of ATM and aerodrome safety are also very crucial daily issues. ECA aims to be at the core of EASA activities on all these issues, to provide relevant expertise, and to proactively shape Europe's aviation safety environment.

Who is responsible?

  • Executive Board Director: Paul Reuter
  • Staff member: Paulina Marcickiewicz
  • Working Group: Training, Licensing and Operations (TLO WG), EASA Steering Committee
  • Chairman: Dara van Langen

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