LAst Week the Joint Aviation Authorities held their Farewell event to conclude 40 years of serving European civil aviation. The official closing date is 30 June 2009.
JAAs mission to improve overall civil aviation safety by establishing uniform European rules and regulations, and harmonization with parties outside of Europe, will be continued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which is located in Cologne, Germany. In his speech Mr Rob van Lint, Deputy Inspector-General for Transport and Water Management, addressed the importance of aviation safety and JAAs role in the past years. The Dutch Government was particularly proud of having the JAA based in The Netherlands and will continue to support JAA-TO, which remains in Hoofddorp. During the event, André Auer, Chief Executive JAA, performed a ceremonial handover of responsibilities to Patrick Goudou, Executive Director of EASA. Auer described the transfer from JAA to EASA by quoting Berthold Brecht: The present, fed by the past, determines the future! A majority of Directors General of Civil Aviation Authorities of the 43 JAA Member States took part in the event as well as Leaders of renowned Authority and Industry aviation organizations like ECAC, EUROCONTROL, FAA, IATA and ICAO. The JAA Training Organisation (JAA-TO) will continue with training activities as a Dutch foundation and associated body of ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference). JAA-TO Headquarters will remain in Hoofddorp. Scheduled training courses are offered in Hoofddorp, Belgrade, London Gatwick, Vienna, Luxembourg, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.