September 1, 2014
EASA announces new organisation
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) revealed on September 1st, 2014 a new organisation which aims at preparing the Agency for the challenges of the coming years. The new organisation will enable the Agency to engage more pragmatically with the aviation industry. A strategy and safety management directorate has been created in order to strengthen EASA’s overall strategy and to promote a data driven and performance-based approach to managing safety. All regulatory functions have been integrated across the different aviation domains and more homogeneity has been introduced to better enable the Agency to speak with one voice. Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director declared: “this new organisation will reinforce the role of EASA at the centre of the European aviation regulatory system, in partnership with the member states and in support of the growth and development of the aviation industry”. Aviation is constantly evolving with innovative business models and new technologies in order to achieve greater efficiencies. In turn, authorities are faced with the challenge to be more efficient and flexible to enable further growth for aviation. The new organisation which becomes effective on September 1st, 2014, also prepares EASA for new opportunities to enhance its role. These may derive from the ongoing revision of the Agency’s founding regulation that will be finalised in the first quarter of 2015.