Cameo: Australia hosts the annual meeting of FAA Asia-Pacific partners
Australia hosts the annual meeting of FAA Asia–Pacific partners
Each year the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) holds a meeting with all countries in the Asia-Pacific region with which it has (or is developing) a bilateral aviation safety agreement. This year Australia hosted the meeting, with a theme of ‘New Technologies: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities.’ The FAA declared the meeting a success.
Delegates from Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and Vietnam attended three days of meetings. Each aviation safety authority provided organisational updates and an overview of recent achievements and challenges in relation to new technologies. Representatives from CASA gave presentations on a range of topics, including unmanned aerial systems; an outcome-based approach to aviation safety regulation, certification and maintenance; performance-based navigation; and ageing aircraft.
On the third day the meeting was opened up to include representatives from industry and related associations. Speakers from groups as diverse as Boeing, Qantas, the Association of Asia–Pacific Airlines and a small Australian manufacturer, Structural Monitoring Systems, addressed the gathering.
Not only was the meeting a unique opportunity for Australian industry to meet with representatives from regulators across the region, it was also a useful opportunity for CASA to connect with its counterparts and discuss opportunities for future collaborative work. For example, CASA and its counterparts from South Korea discussed a possible working arrangement to address certification of aeronautical products; this idea will be progressed in 2009–10.