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IATA, EASA agree to share safety info

By Staff Reports on April 30, 2014
tagged iata, easa

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an agreement on sharing of 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).

”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,” Tony Tyler, IATA director general and CEO, said.

EASA and IATA expect that this collaboration will 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 assessments and authorization requirements of the European Union.

“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,” Partick Ky, EASA executive director, said. “This close and pragmatic relationship with industry will in particular facilitate the demonstration of compliance to the new rules affecting non-European Union airlines.”

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.