Air Transport World

Converging certifications.

J.A. Donoghue contributed to this story.

"We feel that FAA, JAA and the MAK in the CIS are certificating the aircraft and operations of most of the world, and I would like to see as close a cooperation as possible between all three," says Klaus Koplin, JAA secretary-general.

Harmonization--getting international rules and regulations as standardized as possible--is the goal of a process that dates to the end of World War IL, when many nations used the US FARs and UK BCARs as models for their own rules.

The emergence of Airbus focused Europe's attention on the importance of developing common rules, giving birth to what is now called the Joint Aviation Authorities, a group encompassing 29 states. Their Joint Aviation Regulations were purposely kept close to the FARs in both name and content but there were some difficulties in leveling out the rules relating to large aircraft. In recent years JAA and FAA have worked together--sometimes closely, sometimes not so closely--on harmonization questions, and at least once a year a major conference is held to discuss all matters relating to certification.

JAA, however, is hindered by the considerable bureaucratic drag of its 29-state membership. …

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