Setting the Paradigms for Global Aviation Safety

Have you ever wondered how the different aviation authorities (FAA, EASA, TCCA, etc.) coordinate their efforts?  It seems like they are constantly developing new rules and standards – new rules and standards that at any time could threaten to upset the entire aviation system by imposing standards that might impede international commerce in a way that undermines aviation safety rather than supporting it.

Well, one way that the different aviation authorities coordinate their efforts is by meeting at an annual Aviation Safety Conference.

Today, EASA issued an updated agenda for the 2013 EASA / FAA International Aviation Safety Conference. The Conference is the annual meeting among EASA, FAA, TCCA and other regulators to discuss new paradigms in regulatory oversight. The new paradigms that are discussed ultimately form the basis for future regulatory efforts.  This meeting directly impacts the aviation industry, which is the subject of the regulatory oversight that is being discussed!

The updated Conference agenda provides better guidance on what to expect from the 2013 meeting.

Sessions that may be interesting to ASA members will include:

  • New Technology: A Challenge for Regulators
  • Safety Management and Global Harmonisation
  • Safety Continuum: Regional flexibility vs Global Harmonization?
  • Performance Based Oversight
  • Rulemaking Cooperation: towards a Regulatory Framework Based on Safety Oversight Data
  • The New Normal: Strategies for Safety Success in Fiscally Challenging Times
  • Compliance Assurance
  • Global Production: The New Reality

Each of these paradigms could support safety or it could impede commerce in a way that undermines safety, such as by preventing needed replacement parts from arriving at their destination.  By understanding the philosophical aims of the regulatory process, ASA is in a better position to influence the regulations to meet the expected safety goals while at the same time supporting global aviation commerce and making safe aircraft parts available to everyone who needs them.  This is especially important for the distribution community, because the unregulated nature of aircraft parts distribution – the fact that it is not a certificated function – causes it to be sometimes forgotten in the regulatory development process.

ASA will be at this Safety Conference and we will be reporting on the new directions proposed by the regulators.


About Jason Dickstein
Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. Since 1992, he has represented aviation trade associations and businesses that include aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturers, distributors, and repair stations, as well as both commercial and private operators.

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