EASA – Making aviation safer an greener for over 20 years
IFA Comment: Congratulations to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The huge progress that has been achieved since September 2003 is a tribute the dedication and hard work of its staff. In its early days, there were a few sceptical voices. The transition from the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) system was handled with great care. EASA actually came into being in 2002, but first became responsible for signing airworthiness approvals in 2003. The adoption of EC Regulation 1592/2002 (Basic Regulation) of 15 July 2002 on common rules in the field of civil aviation, led to the establishment of EASA. New rules and regulations became mandatory for each EU Member State.
EASA exists in partnership with European National Aviation Authorities and that has been a great strength. We wish EASA every success in its vital role to advance aviation safety and security, environmental protection, research and innovation, and health.
For over 20 years, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been the dynamic centrepiece of aviation safety and environmental protection in Europe. As an independent and neutral body, EASA ensures confidence in safe air operations in Europe and world-wide by proposing and formulating rules, standards, and guidance; by certifying aircraft, parts, and equipment; and by approving and overseeing organisations in all aviation domains.
With over 800 employees from 31 European countries, the Agency is an inclusive and diverse workplace. EASA is constantly innovating through specialist research on emerging themes and technologies. Its global reputation is shaped by the competence of its staff and by fostering strong relationships with other leading aviation authorities worldwide.