Representatives of the General Aviation community from across Europe came together in Cologne on 1 April for the first 2008 meeting of the European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST).
The Team approved the EGAST terms of reference and nominated two co-chairs from the General Aviation community: Eric Mandemaker, Chief Executive Officer of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and James Black, Board Member of the European Council of General Aviation Support (ECOGAS) and of the European Airshow Council (EAC).
Third component of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI), EGAST is a voluntary partnership between the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), other European intergovernmental bodies and regulators, including national aviation authorities, and the General Aviation community, aiming at improving General Aviation safety.
As agreed at the April meeting, the objective of EGAST is to promote and initiate for all sectors of General Aviation best practices and awareness in order to improve safety, thereby reducing the accident rates.
For further information, visit easa.europa.eu/essi.
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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was set up by the EU in 2003 to promote the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation. Based in Cologne, the Agency currently employs some 350 experts and administrators from all over Europe.