European Aviation Safety Agency executive director Patrick Goudou has promised to reduce bureacracy and simplify certification procedures to "revitalise" the general aviation sector.

Speaking at last week's Aero Friedrichshafen air show in Germany, Goudou said that "general aviation has a high priority for EASA - some 75% of type certificates we have delivered are in the GA sector".

Goudou promised the GA industry that "simplified certification procedures, adapted airworthiness rules and new pilot licences would contribute to a revitalisation of GA". He said the agency's aim is to "streamline the regulatory framework for GA by progressively reducing bureaucratic impediments".

The agency is already engaged, he revealed, in preparing a "dedicated" regulatory structure applicable to very light jets, which he claims will make European safety standards for that GA sector "the safest worldwide".

Source: Flight International