Today, representatives of the European Aviation Safety Agency have granted no less than 13 certificates to Polish aircraft manufacturers and design organisations.
Design Organisation Approval (DOA) Certificates, demonstrating design capability according to EASA's Part 21 requirements, have been obtained by the following organisations: PZL Swidnik, PZL Mielec, PZL Rzeszów, EADS Okecie. Statements related to alternative procedures to DOA have been issued to Allstar, ZL "Jezów", AERO, ZL "Marganski" and PZL Kalisz.
Type Certificates (TC) have been issued to PZL M18 Dromader, PZL M26 Iskierka, PZL M28 Skytruck. All three aircraft are manufactured in Mielec by the Polish Aviation Factory Mielec (PZL Mielec). A Type Certificate has also been issued to the PZL 104 Wilga manufactured in Warsaw by EADS PZL-Okecie.
These Type Certificates immediately open the entire European market to Polish aviation products, while DOA certificates will enable the design and development of further aviation products, including their Type Certification, supplemental type certification and approval of changes and repairs.
"Today's ceremony proves how fast the Civil Aviation Office of Poland has fully integrated with the European aviation supervisory system created by EASA," commented Krzysztof Kapis, President of Poland's CAO during the ceremony. "We are glad that Poland is treated as an important and trustworthy partner. This fruitful co-operation should result in the signature of the agreement between EASA and the Polish CAO for the transfer to the Polish authority of the supervision of our aviation industry. It should also be emphasized that Poland has already fulfilled all requirements imposed by EASA, the agreement is prepared and we expect to sign it without any delay."
Dr Norbert Lohl, EASA Certification Director added "EASA considers Poland as a major partner. Since 1st May 2004 EASA and Poland's CAO have put in place all the necessary activities and efforts to establish strong ongoing cooperation. This ceremony today is the concrete result of our strong dialogue, goodwill and mutual efforts."
The relevant legislation for Design Organisation Approvals and Type Certificates are to be found in (EC) Regulation 1592/2002 establishing the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and (EC) Regulation 1702/2003 laying down implementing rules for the airworthiness and environmental certification of aircraft and related products, parts and appliances, as well as for the certification of design and production organisations.
By applying these regulations, the Civil Aviation Office of Poland (CAO) conducts a process of certification according to the European law, verifying the compliance of a design organisation or aircraft manufacturer with applicable requirements resulting in passengers safety.
Design Organisation Approval (DOA) Certificates approve the ability of an organisation to design aviation products in accordance with a common EU regulation. These Certificates are issued by EASA.
Type Certificates (TC) had been until 28th September 2003 delivered by national aviation authorities confirming that aircraft fulfilled all safety standards applied by national governments. Nowadays, all Type Certificates are issued by EASA, which takes over the responsibility for them. However the certification process will be often conducted in co-operation with national authorities.
Until now, EASA has taken over the responsibility for 20 certificates issued by the Polish aviation authority.
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 160 staff, a figure set to rise to 200 by the end of 2005 and to over 300 in the coming years.
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