The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and UK Civil Aviation Authority strengthen bilateral partnership
Posted: 18 December 2020 | International Airport Review
Both agencies commit to expand cooperation to improve aviation safety and training, cybersecurity in air transport systems and safeguarding of public health in air travel. A second agreement on Technical Arrangement on Aviation Maintenance will streamline audits and reduce regulatory compliance costs for MRO organisations.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) have signed two collaborative agreements, further strengthening their bilateral partnership.
The first agreement is a technical Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation across a wide range of areas in international civil aviation. In particular, both agencies commit to working together to improve aviation safety and training, and addressing emerging complex issues, such as cybersecurity in air transport systems and safeguarding of public health in air travel, including COVID-19. Under the MOU, a Bilateral Aviation Steering Committee will be established to drive the collaboration.
The second agreement is a Technical Arrangement on Aviation Maintenance (TAM), which was concluded under the ambit of the MOU. The TA-M facilitates the reciprocal acceptance of approvals pertaining to the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft and aircraft components by the CAAS and the UKCAA. This arrangement will benefit the aviation industry in both Singapore and the UK by streamlining audits and reducing regulatory compliance costs for MRO organisations in both countries, while maintaining high safety standards.
Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, said: “CAAS and the UKCAA have enjoyed a long-standing close relationship. These new agreements reinforce our shared commitment to advance aviation safety, strengthen civil aviation development and support our industries. The TA-M will benefit some 70 aviation maintenance organisations in Singapore and the UK.”
Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, added: “Aviation relationships between the UK and Singapore have a long and successful history. We are delighted to be deepening those relationships as we look forward to the industry’s post-COVID 19 recovery and long-term development.”