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Statement by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey
March 16, 2011
The bilateral aviation safety agreement finalized by the United States and the European Union is a welcome step forward for trans-Atlantic cooperation.
The agreement strengthens long-standing safety cooperation, which has led to higher, common standards between the United States and Europe—a key to improving aviation safety throughout the world. It also allows for more efficient use of government resources through mutual reliance for inspections and oversight of aerospace maintenance organizations. The agreement can be expanded to include areas such as pilot licensing and training and allows for the resolution of highly controversial fees levied by the European Aviation Safety Agency against U.S. manufacturers.
All of these benefits not only help improve safety, but also increase efficiencies by reducing redundant certification activities. The agreement is a boost for the U.S. aerospace industry, supporting U.S. jobs during a difficult and critical economic recovery period.