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EASA and CAAS Deepen Cooperation to Make Aircraft Type Certification Process More Efficient for Industry

COLOGNE/SINGAPORE, December 4, 2020 – The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS) have updated their bilateral Working Arrangement to facilitate CAAS’ validation of EASA aircraft type certifications.

The amendment to the Working Arrangement on Airworthiness Certification will allow the two regulators to collaborate on facilitating aviation innovations, such as electric-vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. With immediate effect, CAAS will be able to validate EASA design approvals concurrently  and in close coordination* with EASA’s type certification process. It will help aviation companies in Singapore to innovate and benefit from rapidly developing aviation technologies. 

“This amendment is testament to the excellent relations in aviation between Europe and Singapore. It further extends the trust we have in each other’s aviation system and our strong working relationship with CAAS,” said EASA Executive Director, Patrick Ky. “In today’s world, where product innovation is much faster than was the case only a decade ago, such parallel processes can help industry to launch their products more quickly and easily in important markets outside Europe.” 

Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, added “CAAS is committed to working together with the aviation community to promote safety and innovation, to advance aviation. This enhancement of the Working Arrangement is testament to the strong partnership between CAAS and EASA. It will help to develop Singapore as a centre of excellence for the aviation sector.” 

*In the Working Arrangement on Airworthiness Certification between EASA and CAAS signed on 13 July 2017, the validation by CAAS could only commence after EASA had issued the Type Certificate.