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Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements

Bilateral agreements facilitate mutual airworthiness certification of civilian aviation products imported and exported between two signatory states. A bilateral airworthiness agreement (BAA) or a bilateral aviation security agreement (BASA) establishing airworthiness implementation procedures (IAP) provide for technical aviation cooperation between the FAA and its civil aviation authorities. In addition to the new annexes, the EU and the US have agreed to amend the DEA Maintenance Annex to allow maintenance organisations from all EU member states to participate in BASA`s safety cooperation and to confirm the highest aviation safety standards in the EU and the supervisory function of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In addition to airworthiness certification, bilateral aviation security agreements offer bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas, including maintenance, air operations and environmental certification. With regard to aircraft certification, an additional document, an airworthiness implementation process, is being developed on certain areas, such as design approvals, production activities, export airworthiness authorization, design and technical cooperation. The latest bilateral agreements are available on the following link: Working procedures are a type of agreement with a foreign CAA with which the FAA has not entered into a bilateral agreement. They are used to define methods by enabling the FAA aircraft certification service to assist another state in authorizing aeronautical products and items exported from the United States to that state. Through these activities, BASA reduces the economic burden on airlines and aircraft operators. These agreements will ensure the continuity of agreements with the United States, Canada, Brazil and Japan when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Bilateral airworthiness agreements are executive agreements reached prior to 1996 through an exchange of diplomatic notes between the U.S. State Department and its foreign counterpart, based on the FAA`s technical recommendations.

(Note: U.S. no longer enters into bilateral airworthiness agreements)) The second new BASA Schedule on Flight Simulation Training Devices will allow mutual acceptance of compliance results as well as documentation on the recurrent evaluation and qualification of full flight simulators based in the EU and the US. It will save resources, including by eliminating double assessments by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EEAS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In the aviation sector too, costs will decrease: operators of flight simulation training systems will no longer be reassessed several times and these savings can be passed on to airlines that send pilots in training. Bilateral agreements and agreements allow the sharing of the airworthiness certificate for civil aviation products between two countries. BASA covers a wide range of aviation sectors, including aircraft maintenance, air operations and environmental certification.



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