Two years on from the creation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the ERA remains worried about that new agency’s cash flow problems. “There has been a failure to establish a mutually supported and agreed-upon business model with national aviation authorities,” said ERA director general Mike Ambrose. He argued that the situation has resulted in inconsistent charges and fees levied by member states, thereby undermining EASA’s stated goal of lowering aggregate costs for safety regulation of the air transport industry.
The ERA wants to see EASA’s financial foundations strengthened before it takes on responsibility for regulating operations. “It is already doing an impossible job with inadequate resources,” said Ambrose.