Certification Director - Trevor Woods

Trevor Woods is the Certification Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the EU Agency responsible for air safety located in Cologne. He is responsible for the certification, organisation approvals and rulemaking for all EU designed aircraft, engines and equipment, and validation of all such products designed outside the EU used by EU operators. Prior to his current role he held the position of EASA Flight Standards Director, responsible for rulemaking and standardisation of EU National Authorities in the domains of Aircraft Maintenance, Production, Operations, Aircrew, Aerodromes and Air Traffic Management. In addition, for the approval of organisations outside of the EU in these domains.

He Graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and later achieved a Master of Business Administration both at Kingston University. He launched his career in the Future Projects Department at British Aerospace Military Division in the development of supersonic VSTOL aircraft and UAV concepts.

Following this he moved to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where he led a wide range of aircraft certification projects from balloons and microlights to large wide body aeroplanes and supersonic transport. He has led both national and multinational certification programmes including the development of international agreements to support these programmes. He subsequently headed the UK CAA Transport Aeroplanes and Rotorcraft Certification Section, followed by the UK CAA Airworthiness Strategy and Policy Department. Through his involvement in the ICAO Airworthiness Panel, he played a major role in the complete overhaul of Annex 8 of the Chicago Convention providing the international standards for aircraft and engine certification. When the European Aviation Safety Agency was established in 2003, he played a central role in developing and implementing the UK CAA transition plan to accommodate the new European Regulations and responsibilities.

In 2008 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of UK CAA Subsidiary Air Safety Support International, providing a system of civil aviation safety regulation in the UK Overseas Territories. In this he worked with UK Overseas Territories Aviation Authorities and Governors’ Offices to develop and implement Overseas Territories Aviation Requirements.

In his spare time he enjoys flying as a private pilot.

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