Singapore and Brazil Sign Technical Arrangement for Airworthiness Certification

13 June 2024

Agreement facilitates mutual recognition of aircraft design and manufacturing approvals 

               The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and National Civil Aviation Agency – Brazil (ANAC) have signed a Technical Arrangement for Airworthiness Certification (TA-AC) to enhance cooperation related to initial and continued airworthiness, production matters and technical assistance. The TA-AC was signed on 12 June 2024 by Mr Tay Tiang Guan, 1 Deputy Director-General of CAAS, and Mr Roberto José Silveira Honorato, Head of Airworthiness Department of ANAC, on the sidelines of the FAA-EASA International Aviation Safety Conference held in Washington D.C., United States of America.

2             The TA-AC was concluded under the ambit of the CAAS-ANAC Memorandum of Understanding signed on 19 February 2024, which provides a broad framework of cooperation in regulatory oversight of aviation safety. The TA-AC establishes validation and acceptance procedures to mutually recognise the design and manufacturing approvals of aeronautical products and articles, as well as related design changes and repair approvals originated in one State for operation in the other State.

3             Additionally, the TA-AC includes procedures for bilateral acceptance of airworthiness certification, thereby facilitating the export/import of products and articles through recognition of export Certificates of Airworthiness for aircraft, Authorised Release Certificates for new engines, propellers and parts, and Certificates of Conformity for new standard parts. This will significantly reduce duplicative regulatory efforts for both Authorities and lead to cost savings for the industry. The TA-AC also provides procedures for communication and resolution of in-service safety issues related to design or production of aircraft, engines and aircraft components.

4            Mr Tay Tiang Guan, 1 Deputy Director-General of CAAS, said: “The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is pleased to conclude this technical arrangement with ANAC on the back of the successful entry-into-service of Embraer E190-E2 aircraft in Singapore in April and its subsequent commencement of operations in May this year. CAAS upholds the highest standards in aviation safety.  We work with like-minded partners to enhance aviation safety in a way that minimises regulatory burden and cost for the industry. The TA with ANAC, Brazil is one example of this approach. Aerospace companies in Singapore and Brazil will stand to benefit from this arrangement.”

5             Mr Roberto José Silveira Honorato, Head of Airworthiness Department of ANAC, said: “This agreement is more than a formal commitment, it is a mutual recognition of the competence and technical expertise of both CAAS and ANAC in the field of airworthiness. By establishing this partnership, we lay the groundwork for a cooperation that I am confident will be enduring and prosperous for both our nations. The procedures defined in this Arrangement will lead to more efficient processes and cost reductions for both the industry and our Authorities, while steadfastly maintaining the highest standards of operational safety. It is a significant step forward which strengthens the ties between Brazil and Singapore by cooperating for the safety and efficiency of civil aviation.”

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 Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, Brazil

ANAC is a regulatory agency which was established to regulate and inspect civil aviation activities as well as aeronautical and airport infrastructure in Brazil. Created in 2005, the National Civil Aviation Authority is responsible for the regulation, inspection and certification of aircraft, companies, manufacturers, aircraft maintenance organizations, aerodromes, schools and civil aviation professionals. The government agency works to ensure civil aviation safety and security and to improve the quality of services, fostering a competitive market. 

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