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Advancing Aviation Standards: RTCA & EUROCAE renew commitment

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Advancing Aviation Standards: RTCA & EUROCAE renew commitment

IFA Comment: Good news for international co-operation on standards

Washington, D.C. and Paris, France, April 26, 2023

Today, RTCA and EUROCAE renewed their commitment of cooperation in the development of joint standards for aviation systems. During the annual EUROCAE Symposium held at the National Air & Space Museum in Paris, France, RTCA President Terry McVenes and EUROCAE Director General Anna von Groote signed an updated Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC). The MoC renews the agreement for both organizations to continue working together for the development of aviation standards.

The cooperative arrangements will enable the development of timely, reliable and effective standards to support interoperability and sustainability in an increasingly complex, global environment. These standards will continue to be developed collaboratively as one team between all industry stakeholders.

Terry McVenes, President and CEO of RTCA, said, “The renewal of this agreement underscores the commitment of RTCA and EUROCAE towards promoting a culture of international cooperation and teamwork in the creation of standards that enhance safety and efficiency in the aviation industry. We are delighted to continue our collaborative efforts in this regard”.

Anna von Groote, EUROCAE Director General, said, “Our partnership with RTCA has been long-standing and has contributed to strengthening our standards, aligning them with international harmonization and promoting global interoperability. This collaboration has been highly regarded by key stakeholders, including the industry and regulators such as EASA, FAA, and ICAO. The recently updated agreement forms a strong foundation for ongoing successful cooperation, encompassing a wide range of topics from shared processes to prospective joint initiatives”.
This MoC reinforced the good relationship between EUROCAE and RTCA and the strategic partnership between the two organizations.
RTCA / EUROCAE collaboration over time:

  • 1963: Collaboration is established with RTCA right from EUROCAE’s creation
  • 1975: First publication of a joint Document RTCA/EUROCAE (DO-160/ED-14)
  • 1996: First recognition by ICAO that existing standards, such as RTCA and EUROCAE MOPS, can be used as a basis for SARPs
  • 2014: Signature of a Memorandum of Cooperation MoC between EUROCAE and RTCA
  • 2023: Signature of an updated MoC to reinforce cooperation
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