On 30 June 2009, the system of the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) will be officially closed. This includes the dissolution of the present regulatory system of JAA, the closing of the JAA Liaison Office in Cologne, Germany as well as the withdrawal from the Cyprus Arrangements by unilateral acts of all Member States.
With that, a remarkable, successful and longstanding chapter of aviation safety in Europe will come to an end. The JAA Training Organisation in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands will however continue with its activities. The decision to dissolve the JAA system by 30 June 2009 was taken by ECAC Directors General at their meeting on 19 March 2008 in the light of the further competence extension of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It was made on the basis of a report from an expert working group on the Future of JAA (FUJA II Working Group), considering all aspects related to the closing-down of the JAA. Implementation of the decisions was initiated immediately afterwards under the auspices of the JAA Chief Executive. As a consequence of closing-down the JAA system, all JAR codes will be frozen. JAAs guardianship of these codes will cease as of 30 June 2009. However, in order to ensure access to important JAA documents for all JAA Member States, the JAA website www.jaa.nl will remain accessible until 31 December 2009. Considering that not all JAA Member States are fully associated with the EU/EASA system yet, Working Arrangements between these States and EASA are being signed, to ensure a pan-European solution in the field of civil aviation safety. The JAA Training Organisation in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands will continue its activities in the legal form of a Dutch Foundation with a non-profit character. It has recently become an associated body of ECAC. The organisation will continue to develop its primary objective to provide high quality teaching and training services in the field of safety, as well as in other fields of civil aviation. Detailed information on all training activities is available on the website of the JAA Training Organisation www.jaa.nextgear.nl. At the end of the least meeting of the JAA Board, Chairman Kim Salonen observed that JAA has shown the way to pan-European co-operation in the field of aviation safety and is leaving a great heritage to European aviation, and he wished many happy landings to EASA who has now completely taken over JAA activities, and to the JAA Training Organisation.