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EASA and CAAS escalate co-operation to improve aircraft type certification in Singapore

By Chris Stonor

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, reports a press release.

The amendment to the Working Arrangement on Airworthiness Certification allows the two regulators to partner on aviation innovations, such as electric-vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. This enables CAAS to validate EASA design approvals concurrently and in close coordination with EASA’s type certification process. This assists aviation companies in Singapore to innovate and benefit from rapidly developing aviation technologies.

EASA Executive Director, Patrick Ky, said, “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.”

He continued, “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.”

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