The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has signed a new safety agreement with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Under the new Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) the two countries will recognize each other’s regulations concerning the airworthiness of aviation products and articles.
The civil regulatory bodies of both countries will be able to leverage approvals completed by the other with respect to design, production and airworthiness as well as continued airworthiness based on the new Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (IPA) document.
The signing of this agreement finally fulfills the commitment made by both the USA and China in 2005 to use the synergies between the two certification systems in order to simplify the recognition procedures. Now both agencies can use the IPA document to submit applications for validation for all categories of aviation products.
The new safety document signed with China is the latest step made by FAA to reduce certification duplication after renewing its agreement with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) earlier in October.