If you have an ambition to become an airline pilot or if you are a passionate aviation lover, you may have heard the name EASA. The abbreviation letters EASA stand for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency which is the centrepiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency was established on the 12th of July, 2002 with the agency’s headquarters based in Cologne, Germany. Today EASA has representational offices in Brussels, Washington, Montreal and Beijing.
Do you know what the European Union Aviation Safety Agency does? The main goal and mission of EASA are to develop common safety and environmental rules at the European level. The Agency works hand in hand with 32 Members and provides the necessary technical expertise, training and research. The agency’s responsibilities are increasing to meet the challenges of the fast-developing aviation sector.
The EASA is currently working in the following 7 areas:
- EASA drafts aviation safety legislation and provides technical advice to the European Commission and to the Member States.
- It collects and analyses data, and implements research to improve aviation safety.
- The agency inspects and creates training and standardisation programs to ensure uniform implementation of European aviation safety legislation in the Member States.
- It provides approval of aircraft design worldwide and of production and maintenance organisations outside the EU.
- EASA works on safety and environmental type-certification of aircraft, engines and parts.
- The agency authorizes the third-country (non EU) operators.
- EASA coordinates the European Community program SAFA (Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft) regarding the safety of foreign aircraft using Community airports.