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FAA, CAAS Cements Aviation Maintenance Agreement
Posted: 2016 Feb 24
 
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) concluded a Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP) agreement, on the side-lines of the Airshow. This agreement allows for reciprocal acceptance of safety oversight requirements, as well as the mutual recognition of procedures for the approval and monitoring of aircraft maintenance organisations. It is the second agreement under the BASA, the first being the Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (IPA) signed in 2004 between the FAA and CAAS, and further enhanced in 2007. The IPA provides for the mutual recognition of airworthiness of civil aeronautical products. It has benefitted both countries’ aeronautical design and manufacturing industries through significant time and cost savings, as well as deepened expertise of personnel as a result of the mutual cooperation and technical assistance rendered by both parties. 
 
The MIP is expected to reap similar benefits. In particular, the MIP will significantly reduce regulatory burdens and compliance costs for the aviation industry. It also will eliminate duplication of inspections and audits on aircraft maintenance organisations in Singapore and the US. “This landmark agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore will strengthen aviation safety while reducing the cost of inspections for aircraft repair work,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Director-General of CAAS, Kevin Shum, added, “This latest agreement between CAAS and the FAA reflects the strength of our bilateral relationship that dates back more than two decades.”
 


 
 
 
 
 

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