FAA, Japan Sign Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement
The FAA has signed a bilateral aviation safety agreement and associated implementation procedures for airworthiness between the U.S. and Japan that allows for the reciprocal certification of aircraft and aviation products. The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau and the FAA worked closely for several years to ensure that their respective technical expertise and procedures for airworthiness certification meet the standards each agency sets for aviation safety. “It is good to see that the United States is pursuing bilateral aviation safety agreements, but it’s unfortunate that one of the most important ones, that with the European Aviation Safety Agency (the European Union), is still tied up in the controversy on Capitol Hill,” Sarah MacLeod, executive director of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, told AIN. “The House is considering legislation that requires twice-yearly inspections by FAA inspectors even in countries where we have bilateral agreements for maintenance.” It is also asking to have the FAA test maintenance personnel for drug and alcohol abuse even in countries where it is illegal for employers to test employees.