Aviation regulators European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have come together to work on an arrangement through which they will set common safety and environmental protection standards.
The European aviation regulator said in a statement, “This agreement is the result of intensive negotiations between the two parties over several years and marks an important milestone in strengthening the relationship between India and Europe in the aviation world.”
This arrangement is a recognition of the mutual interests that persists between both the aviation industries. “The aviation regulators of India and Europe hope to reduce the economic burden imposed on the aviation industry by redundant technical inspections, evaluations and testing,” reported the Mint.
It also gives India the space and opportunity to become an important centre where designing and manufacturing of aircraft and engines could take place.
The agreement aims at promoting cooperation; understanding of each other’s regulatory systems. Moreover, it will also promote an exchange of aeronautical products, services and personnel, the agreement stated.
“This Working Arrangement establishes a framework of cooperation between the Parties (DGCA and EASA) with a view to achieving common safety and environmental protection standards, promoting understanding of each other’s regulatory systems for aviation safety and environmental protection and facilitating the exchange of aeronautical products, services and personnel,” the agreement said.
Aircraft pollution is one of the fastest-growing pollutions in the world, with a huge impact on climate. Air travel is also currently the most carbon-intensive activity an individual can make.
A report by WWF earlier stated that: “In 2010, the aviation industry carried 2.4 billion passengers; in the next 15 years, that number is forecast to rise to 8.2 billion.
Without action, emissions from increased air travel could triple from pre-COVID levels by 2050. However, with bold action, we can create a greener, more sustainable aviation industry that supports the effort to address the climate crisis.”
This particular Agreement will enable to establish a closer collaboration between EASA and DGCA.
“Where a production approval is granted by one party for the manufacture of an aircraft, engine, or propeller based on design approval issued by the other party in carrying out the functions and duties of the state of design, both parties shall ensure…that there is an agreement or arrangement acceptable to them between the manufacturing organisation and organisation responsible for the type design which guarantees that: A) the manufacturing organisation has the right of access to the approved design data relevant for production purposes and (B) the manufacturing organisation cooperates with the organisation responsible for the type design in assessing information on the design, manufacture, and operation of the aircraft, engine, or propeller concerned,” the Agreement also added.