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European Commission, Agency endorse modernization initiative.

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Nov 20, 2014 - European Commission and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) endorsed global "CS23/Part 23 Reorganization" initiative, which will modernize how smaller airplanes are certified and lead to aviation authorities modernizing their own certification rules. Based on 16 draft standards being developed by ASTM International Committee F44 on General Aviation Aircraft, initiative intends to cut cost and increase safety of general aviation airplanes and technology.

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ASTM and General Aviation Manufacturers Association Sponsor Brussels Workshop

Press release date: Sep 29, 2014

European Commission and European Aviation Safety Agency Endorse Aviation Modernization Initiative

Both the European Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have endorsed a global initiative to modernize the way smaller airplanes are certified. The initiative, “CS23/Part 23 Reorganization,” will lead to the world’s aviation authorities each modernizing their own certification rules. The initiative is based on 16 draft standards currently being developed by ASTM International Committee F44 on General Aviation Aircraft.

A description of CS23/Part 23 Reorganization was presented at “Shaping the Future of General Aviation Products in Europe,” a workshop hosted by ASTM and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in Brussels, Belgium, on Sept. 16. The purposes of the initiative are cutting the cost and increasing the safety of general aviation airplanes and technology. More than 90 aviation industry representatives, including many members from ASTM Committee F44, attended the session.

“As the European general aviation community looks for a better approach to regulation, the European Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency have identified the work of ASTM F44 to be a key component in the revitalization of general aviation in Europe,” says Gregory J. Bowles, director, European regulatory affairs and engineering, General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Speakers at the workshop included Filip Cornelius, head of the air safety unit of the European Commission, which oversees EASA; and Yves Morier, recently appointed head of the general aviation division of EASA. Cornelius and Morier each emphasized how the initiative is indicative of Europe’s new approach to regulating aviation, particularly through global cooperation.

“ASTM International is fortunate to count more than 1,500 European members from different industries,” says Sara Gobbi, ASTM director of EU Affairs. “For those active in the general aviation industry, the Brussels workshop was an excellent opportunity to meet with their international peers and reaffirm the importance of using globally recognized technical standards to meet their needs.”

Shown from left to right, at the "Shaping the Future of General Aviation Products in Europe" workshop in Brussels are Boudewijn Deuss, rulemaking officer, EASA; Gregory Bowles, director, European Regulatory Affairs and Engineering, GAMA, and ASTM F44 chairman; Yves Morier, head of GA Unit, EASA; Sara Gobbi, director of EU Affairs, ASTM; Christine DeJong, manager, ASTM; and Filip Cornelis, head of unit, air safety, European Commission.

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ASTM Committee F44 Next Meeting: Jan. 27-30, 2015, January Committee Week, New Orleans, La.

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