European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
The European Aviation Safety Agency promotes the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation in Europe and worldwide. It is the centrepiece of a new regulatory system which provides for a single European market in the aviation industry.
A milestone achievement of the agency in December 2006 was the certification of the Airbus A380, the world's largest airliner.
The agency's responsibilities include:
- expert advice to the EU for drafting new legislation;
- implementing and monitoring safety rules, including inspections in the Member States;
- type-certification of aircraft and components, as well as the approval of organisations involved in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aeronautical products;
- authorization of third-country (non EU) operators;
- safety analysis and research.
The agency's responsibilities are growing to meet the challenges of the fast-developing aviation sector. In a few years, the Agency will also be responsible for safety regulations regarding airports and air traffic management systems.
Based in Cologne, the agency already employs some 500 professionals from across Europe. It will continue to recruit highly qualified specialists and administrators in the coming years as it consolidates its position as Europe's centre of excellence in aviation safety.
EASA vision is to see European citizens benefit from the safest and most environment-friendly civil aviation system in the world.
Queensland Aerospace Pty Ltd (QAC) is a fully approved EASA 147 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Type Training Organisation.