August 1, 2019
The Aircraft Engineers International (AEI) issued a press release this week exposing the continued failings of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). EASA is the European Union's (EU) equivalent of the FAA.
The press release details lapses of EASA's enforcement of their own regulations. The AEI came forward to EASA over 4-years ago with safety concerns on how German carrier Luftfahrt Bundesamt Airlines (LBA) was preforming their Certified Release to Service (CRS) by un-licensed individuals. The CRS is equivalent to our Airworthiness Release.
AEI has established a clear paper trail of their communications and attached to this report is the latest in that communications, a letter to Mrs. Violeta Bulc, European Transport Commissioner.
Additionally, this week AEI President Ola Blomqvist contributed to an article in the London, England newspaper, The Times. They did a four installment investigative reporting piece on how both Boeing and Airbus are much too close to their regulatory agencies, which clearly plays a factor in the 737 Max crashes. The Times reporting also related how the FAA and EASA have developed a very close working relationship with the airlines and each other. If either Boeing or Airbus approves a safety certificate, it's essentially rubberstamped by the other. So if a mistake is made by one then the other is exposed to duplicating it.
There are six items I hope you take the time to read:
AEI Secretary of the Americas