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India & Europe to work closely on aviation safety; DGCA & EASA sign pact – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India (DGCA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Tuesday signed a working arrangement to strengthen their relationship and to achieve common safety and environmental protection standards.
India and Europe have agreed to work closely in the field of aviation by signing an agreement that could lead to tapping India’s true potential to becoming an important centre for designing and manufacturing of aircraft and engines.
Aimed at promoting cooperation; understanding of each other’s regulatory systems and facilitating exchange of aeronautical products, services and personnel, the 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,” the agreement says.
“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 says.
The agreement says through this working arrangement, India and EASA intend to develop closer collaboration in several domains.
These include: “Rule-making cooperation, including sharing of information and best practices, in order to support the implementation of harmonised aviation safety and environmental protection requirements. Facilitate issuance or acceptance of certificates for products, parts and appliances. Sharing of safety information, including co-operation on continued airworthiness of in-service products, parts and appliances accepted or approved in application of the Working Arrangement and technical training and professional staff development,” says EASA.

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