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EASA: FAA Views on Approaching Transition. Paul Feldman, FAA. Status. Increased communication & coordination are achieving results : FAA has participated in European Airworthiness Working Group deliberations on transfer of products FAA/JAA/Commission deliberations on maintenance transition

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Increased communication & coordination are achieving results:

  • FAA has participated in European Airworthiness Working Group deliberations on transfer of products

  • FAA/JAA/Commission deliberations on maintenance transition

  • FAA/Commission are discussing concepts for interim and final bilateral agreements

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Some Challenges Remain:

  • Many critical decisions that will impact EASA’s operations are still pending

  • EASA procedures, training, standardization methods must be developed

  • Absence of information on “Day-to-Day” issues continues to create anxiety for industry

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Common Transition Principles

  • Clear responsibility for continued operational safety.

  • Uninterrupted flow of products and services.

  • Transparency in the development of essential requirements, implementing rules, specifications, etc.

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Pre-Transition Work


  • Inventory of TCs (underway)

  • Inventory of appliance approvals and STCs (??)

  • Inventory of existing special arrangements/joint venture programs between U.S. and bilateral partners (FAA completed)

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Pre-Transition Work

Maintenance Transition

  • FAA/Commission/JAA/NAA group have agreed to maintenance assessment plan

  • FAA assessments of NAAs underway, on the basis that AMO approval process will not change significantly

  • FAA review of draft EASA implementing rules and guidance materials has begun

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Pre-Transition Work

FAA Actions

  • Documented TC transfer status for all European products that have been imported to the U.S.

  • Preparing order for AIR work force and designees to identify how to handle import/exports based on the FAA/EU transition matrix

  • Developing second interactive video training (IVT) to be delivered mid-September

  • Providing public website with Frequently Asked Questions about EASA

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Pre-Transition Work

EU Actions Needed

  • Implementing Rules and guidance materials need to be finalized

  • Functioning organization needs to be established

  • Single set of EU import requirements to ensure the elimination of additional national design requirements and facilitate product deliveries from October 2003.

  • Review of past ADs applicable as EASA ADs

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Pre-Transition Work

EU Actions Needed

  • Decision on the process for monitoring continued airworthiness of products imported to Europe

  • Decision on EASA process for certification and surveillance of AMOs outside of EU

  • Information on lines of authority, outsourcing to Member State NAAs and qualified entities, etc.

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Other Challenges

  • Sustaining a viable enforcement system

    • EASA will rely on certificate action, but will not initially reissue certificates for approved products

  • Development and implementation of standardization/quality assurance processes

  • Clear division of responsibilities between NAAs and EASA for daily airworthiness release issues

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Bilateral Relationship

  • FAA assessment of technical competence for each area of regulatory responsibility and oversight

    • Evaluations of NAA oversight of AMOs underway

    • Process for evaluation of EASA HQ functions (e.g., type design, standardization, outsourcing) under discussion with Commission

  • Reliance on existing bilateral agreements until an agreement and relevant annexes with the European Community are in force

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Bilateral Relationship

FAA proposed an interim agreement to ensure a strong safety partnership and provide for :

  • Acceptance of existing bilateral agreements and their limitations during transition;

  • Continued mutual emphasis on operational safety

  • Acceptance of prior product approvals, existing delegation systems, etc.;

  • Continued recognition of existing JAR145 repair stations approvals; and,

  • Continued harmonization and regulatory cooperation

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The Timeline Challenge



SEP 03


(42 mos. Transition)

Final agreement

“Interim” agreement