Printed headline: A Slower Pace
The European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) annual road map—the 2018-22 European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS)—sets forth agency-perceived risks and the regulatory agenda for addressing those threats. Under the EPAS, the next four years will see less focus on rulemaking, and more emphasis on refining structure and oversight.
Fair competition and free movement are themes that frequently appear throughout the report. A more innovative regional approach reinforces the International Civil Aviation Organization’s call to ensure “No Country is Left Behind.” A “rulemaking cool-down” will refocus and stabilize a relatively new regulatory framework—in existence since 2002—and redirect agency resources from promulgation to implementation.
EASA asserts that more attention will be paid to risk-based and cooperative oversight and plans to achieve “better regulation” through a performance-based approach. Among the chief priorities is implementing its big data project, Data4Safety (D4S) (Inside MRO May 2017, p. 6)). That program is expected to launch in 2020.
A promised evaluation of return-to- service parts documentation requirements (Inside MRO February 2018, p. 6) and instructions for continued airworthiness already are underway. The agency is taking comments on those proposals through March 14 and April 30, respectively.