Patrick Goudou, Executive Director of EASA, today handed over the Design Organisation Approval (DOA) certificate EASA.21J.086 to CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric Aircraft Engines (USA) and Snecma Moteurs (France).
This certificate crowns several years of intensive work and cooperation between the two partner organisations located on both sides of the Atlantic and the regulatory authorities (French DGAC and EASA).
'This shows that an US organisation, working under the FAA regulatory system, can comply with the EU DOA regulations without major difficulties' said Patrick Goudou. 'This also represents a concrete achievement that will stimulate further discussions between Europe and the USA on the sharing of design work and the execution of certification activities'.
EASA's DOA concept establishes a global quality framework for the management, responsibilities, procedures and resources needed for the type certification of aviation products. This represents an advantage not only for design organisations but also for their partners and subcontractors. The Design Organisation Approval is a powerful tool for today's global design and manufacturing context.
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. The Agency's main tasks include the certification of aircraft and equipment as well as the approval of design, production and maintenance organisations. EASA drafts common rules and procedures in the area of aviation safety and provides technical expertise to the EU and its partners. Based in Cologne, the Agency currently employs 100 staff, a figure set to rise to over 300 in the coming years.
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