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FAA wants certainty on UK aviation safety agreements post-Brexit

21 June 2018
United Airlines B-777 landing at Heathrow. With the clock ticking down to Brexit, the US Federal Aviation Administration wants to see a removal of the uncertainty about the UK and its aviation agreements with the rest of the world. Source: Getty Images

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to see a clearer picture from the United Kingdom on aviation safety agreements, in the run up to Brexit on 29 March 2019.

Until then, the United Kingdom abides by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rules, as one of 32 member states (28 EU members plus four associate members: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland).

The UK government wants to obtain associate member status within EASA after Brexit, with a financial contribution to the agency, but this remains unconfirmed as broader negotiations continue with the EU.

In this context, the FAA wants to see clarity from the United Kingdom about its post-Brexit position. EASA agreements are critical to the US agency as they have yielded “tremendous safety gains in transatlantic operations” and need to be protected in the future, acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell said on 19 June during the FAA-EASA International Safety Conference.

“That’s the message I’ll be taking to the United Kingdom when I visit the Farnborough Airshow next month. Brexit and its March 2019 deadline is obviously on all of our minds. And as the clock runs down, removing uncertainty about the UK and its aviation agreements with the rest of the world only becomes more important,” Elwell added.

See related article at: http://www.janesairport360.com/article/10137/uk-to-push-for-associate-easa-membership-post-brexit

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