The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of
Singapore (CAAS) today deepened their long-standing cooperation in
civil aviation by signing revisions to the Bilateral Aviation
Safety Agreement – Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness
(BASA-IPA) on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow.
The enhancements follow upon the launch of
the U.S. – Singapore Joint Aviation Steering Committee (JASC) in
The JASC is co-led by the FAA Administrator and the
CAAS Director-General of Civil Aviation, to manage and
strategically guide technical collaboration of aviation
initiatives between FAA and CAAS in the areas of international
aviation safety, regional cooperation and development, air traffic
management, environment, and cybersecurity.
The enhanced BASA-IPA provides for the mutual
recognition of airworthiness of civil aeronautical products, and
includes an expanded scope of modifications and repairs allowed
beyond that of cabin interiors.
These enhancements will reduce
duplicate certification activities for design approvals issued to
air operators and aeronautical design industries from both the
U.S. and Singapore, resulting in significant time and cost
The BASA-IPA was originally signed in 2004
and later enhanced in 2007. At the Singapore Airshow 2016, FAA and
CAAS expanded their cooperation with the conclusion of the BASA –
Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP). Then in July 2017,
both parties concluded the BASA-MIP Maintenance Agreement Guidance
The BASA-MIP allows for the reciprocal
acceptance of safety oversight requirements, as well as the mutual
recognition of procedures for the approval and monitoring of
aircraft maintenance organisations. Similar to the BASA-IPA, the
BASA-MIP significantly reduces regulatory burdens and compliance
costs for the aviation industry.
"The removal of the limitations will now
allow airlines to undertake a comprehensive supplemental type
certificate package of modifications for cabin, mechanical and
electrical systems, as well as the in-flight entertainment system.
This will certainly help airlines reduce lead times and costs of
cabin retrofit programmes," said Singapore Airlines Senior Vice
President Engineering, Mr Lau Hwa Peng.
Dr Yip Yuen Cheong, Executive Vice President of
Aerospace Engineering & Manufacturing, ST Aerospace, said, "We
welcome the new revisions that simplify the process in getting the
necessary certifications and approval from both the CAAS and FAA.
Apart from lowering administrative costs, the revised agreement
also helps in bringing to market new modification and repair
solutions faster, which ST Aerospace will benefit from as we grow
our engineering, design and manufacturing business in
passenger-to-freighter conversions, cabin interiors and seats."
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