THE USA AND THE UK have signed a bilateral aviation-safety agreement, which eases the oversight of aircraft and simulator certification, as well as maintenance operations.

An agreement with the Netherlands was made in 1995 and the US Federal Aviation Administration is also working with Canada, France and Germany on similar arrangements.

FAA and UK Civil Aviation Authority officials are dealing with the technical-implementation procedures, which will be used to finalise the co-operative processes.

Modifications to bilateral-safety agreements had needed action by senior Government officials. The deal allows the FAA head and the CAA chairman to make co-operative agreements on their own.

Source: Flight International