Before an aircraft can fly with passengers for the first time, it needs to be certified. EASA is responsible for certifying all aircraft designed and produced in Europe. Only with our approval can a new type of aircraft be operated (or flown, or used) by an airline. In addition, our experts make sure that each certified aircraft continues to fly safely throughout its lifetime.
All airlines flying in Europe are subject to the same safety regulations and to the highest safety standards that exist worldwide. Foreign airlines authorized to operate flights in Europe have to meet the same high safety standards as their European counterparts. Our experts carry out inspections in all EU Member States and also check the safety of non-European aircraft flying into the EU.
On average, 26 000 aircraft cross the European skies every day. Most of these aircraft take off or land at one of Europe’s 440 airports. We provide common rules to make sure that safety is always a priority, not only in the air, but also on the ground, by providing a safe airport infrastructure.
Air traffic in Europe is growing at a fast pace. Together with the European Union and our aviation partners involved in air traffic management (ATM) in Europe, we work to ensure the safety of the European airspace and simplify ATM across Europe.
Qualified pilots & crew
Qualified pilots and crew are important keys to aviation safety. We ensure that flight crews are trained according to the highest international safety standards for flight operations. Aircrew regulations refer, for instance, to pilot or cabin crew training.