Cameo: Australia strengthens relations with Brazil
Australia strengthens relations with Brazil
A high-level delegation from the Brazilian national civil aviation agency, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), visited Australia in April 2009 to progress a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on airworthiness between ANAC and CASA.
In recognition of the mutual benefits that can be gained through reciprocal acceptance of procedures and processes, the MoU and its attached implementation procedures will facilitate acceptance of each authority’s airworthiness approvals and approvals of aeronautical products, as well as the approvals and monitoring of maintenance facilities, maintenance personnel and the evaluation and qualification of flight simulators.
Representatives from CASA and ANAC came to an agreement on the MoU and implementation procedures, pending final approval through each authority’s legal area. This is an extremely positive outcome which brings to fruition many years of effort in both Australia and Brazil.
The MoU has the potential to reduce the economic burden imposed on the aviation industry in both countries, in that duplication of technical inspections, evaluations and testing will be significantly reduced. Benefits to Australia will include simpler approval processes for the Embraer aircraft, which is manufactured in Brazil but currently is accepted in Australia only on the basis of its United States or European type certificates.