Singapore, U.S. ink agreement to strengthen aviation safety
It is the first such agreement for the US in the Asia Pacific. The document was signed on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
With the agreement, both sides will accept each other's safety regulatory requirements and mutually recognise procedures for the approval and monitoring of aircraft maintenance organisations.
This is expected to reap significant cost and time savings, as well as eliminate the duplication of inspections and audits in both countries.
This is the second agreement concluded under the US-Singapore Bilateral Safety Agreement, which was signed in 2004. The first agreement provided for the mutual recognition of airworthiness for civil aeronautical products. ■