Europes aviation safety body on board

In November the Executive Directors of the SESAR Joint Undertaking and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Patrick Ky and Patrick Goudou, as well as the Director-General of Eurocontrol, David McMillan, signed cooperation and working arrangements to secure EASAs support regarding the implementation of the SESAR work programme.
Europes aviation safety body on boardEASAs expertise is sought in different domains, including impact analysis of new concepts on the rulemaking, oversight and certification activities of EASA; advice on methodologies for the acceptable elaboration of safety deliverables; review of these safety deliverables and issue of opinions; or the assessment of the certifiability of future systems/services derived from SESAR concepts. Additionally, the Agency will provide input in different work packages and will participate in updating the ATM Master Plan as well as the regulatory and standardisation roadmaps.
Read here below a short interview with Dr Norbert Lohl, Certification Director of EASA, on this future cooperation.

Dr Lohl, EASA, the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) and Eurocontrol have just signed a working arrangement. What are your expectations?
Our expectations are that this working arrangement will provide a lot of assistance to EASA, in particular for the safety assessment of the new technology, systems and modes of operation designed by SESAR. This assistance is expected both in terms of technical excellence, but also in additional manpower, for the benefit of the SESAR programme.

An important area of cooperation will be the certifiability of future SESAR systems. How will the cooperation between EASA and the SJU look like exactly in this area?
EASA intends to build on the best available industrial practices and experience available in the field. EASA will be eager to build on the activities already conducted in this field, in particular by Eurocontrol.

Safety is paramount in aviation and it is a common denominator of EASA and SESAR. EASA will also perform safety advice on SESAR deliverables. Along which parameters will this advice be elaborated?
These advices will be elaborated in strict compliance with the existing regulations. EASA will also propose to SESAR to comply in advance with the coming regulations. In all cases, these advices will focus on practicality, without any compromise being made in the field of safety.

In general, what is your view on the new technical developments coming from SESAR?
EASA is looking forward to those technical developments, in particular to the total system approach fully integrating the ground, space and airborne segments for seamless, safe and efficient aviation operations.
Follow this link to read the SESAR Magazine: Issue 4
SESAR Magazine: Issue 4
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