The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and
the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have agreed to
share safety information and joint analysis of safety trends.
These analyses primarily will be based on the information derived
from the Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) program, and
the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
The collaboration is expected to provide a basis for
better identifying important safety issues and has the potential
for further improvements to the auditing process including the
Third Country Operators (TCO) assessments and authorization requirements of the European Union.
“Safety is aviation’s
highest priority and IOSA is the global benchmark for airline
operational safety management. Working together through this
information and trend-sharing partnership will contribute to
making aviation even safer, while offering the potential to
optimize the audit processes,” said Tony Tyler, IATA Director
General and CEO.
IOSA is a requirement of membership in IATA;
additionally some 150 airlines that are not members of IATA
participate in IOSA.
SAFA ramp inspections are random safety
inspections on a given aircraft and its crew, focusing on the
flight preparation and the technical condition of the aircraft.
Approximately 11,000 inspections are recorded every year.
Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director, said,
“Partnering with IATA on data sharing is a major stepping stone
towards our common goal to promote the highest possible level of
safety in aviation. This close and pragmatic relationship with
industry will in particular facilitate the demonstration of
compliance to the new rules affecting non-European Union
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