CAA UK Statement on future relationship with the EU
9th March 2020
Tim Johnson, UK Civil Aviation Authority Director, said:
“The UK Government and the European Union have both said they intend to agree a bilateral aviation safety agreement, as the UK will no longer participate in the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) system after the transition period ends. The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been planning for this outcome since the 2016 referendum, and we are prepared to take over regulatory responsibilities from EASA. There will be no immediate changes to aviation regulations at the end of this year, because of these preparations.
“Our plans have been shared widely with the aviation and aerospace industries, the International Civil Aviation Organisation and other national aviation authorities around the world. As a national safety regulator, we will continue to work closely with these agencies, maintaining open dialogue and sharing best practice.”
IFA Comment: The statement announcing that the UK will not be a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Member State has come as a surprise to many of our members. IFA hopes that there will be a future partnership where international co-operation in areas such as certification continues. Regulatory co-operation has significant benefits for airworthiness and safety.