CAAS and EASA Strengthen Collaboration with New Working Arrangement on Aviation Maintenance
09 May 2019
This agreement will reduce regulatory compliance costs for aircraft maintenance organisations while upholding high safety standards
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have signed a Working Arrangement on Aviation Maintenance (WA-AM). Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, and Mr Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, signed the WA-AM on the sidelines of the World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum.
2. Concluded under the ambit of the CAAS-EASA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in February 2012, this WA-AM establishes a framework between both parties for the exchange of information on compliance with regulatory requirements pertaining to aircraft maintenance organisations and on oversight of such organisations in Singapore and Europe. This will facilitate the initial issuance or continuation of certificates for these organisations by CAAS and EASA, thereby reducing regulatory compliance costs while enhancing safety.
3. This WA-AM is the fourth working arrangement signed under the MOU and comes after the establishment of a reciprocal arrangement in July 2017 to validate and accept each other’s design certifications and approvals of aircraft parts, aircraft modifications and repairs.
4. Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, said, “We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with EASA. Both our organisations share strong values in upholding the highest standards of safety. Given the rapid changes impacting aviation today, this partnership will achieve better outcomes and facilitate the operations of aircraft maintenance companies in Singapore and Europe.”
5. Mr Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, added, “CAAS is an important partner for EASA and for the European Aviation Industry. This fourth Working Arrangement under the CAAS-EASA MOU shows the continued commitment to the long-standing cooperation between us to strengthen aviation safety.”
About the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore's success. CAAS' roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, provide aviation training for human resource development, and contribute to the development of international civil aviation.
About the European Union Aviation Safety Agency
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the centrepiece of the European Union's strategy for aviation safety. Our mission is to promote and achieve the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation. Based in Cologne, the Agency currently employs more than 750 experts and administrators from all over Europe.
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 The World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum (WCACEF), organised by CAAS, was held at the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) from 8-10 April 2019. Since its inception in 2003, the WCACEF has served as a nexus for knowledge sharing, bringing the international aviation community together in Singapore for a global dialogue on the latest issues and challenges facing aviation today as well as opportunities that growth presents.
 The first working arrangement (WA), concluded in September 2013, pertained to the collection and exchange of information under the European Union Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) programme. The second WA, signed in August 2015, involved a joint study of aircraft wake turbulence, with the aim of safely reducing aircraft separation standards during take-offs and landings, thus boosting runway capacity.