The European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) has included a “rulemaking cooldown” that reduces the number of regulatory opinions in a five-year span.
Specifically, the plan states “Delivery of the number of [regulatory] opinions over the next five years has been reduced as compared to the previous years.”
The EASA explained that the move is being done in part to focus on giving support on the application of recently adopted regulations and give precedence to other ways of bolstering safety, especially when it comes to focused oversight and safety promotion.
“The shift to safety promotion is particularly significant in the field of general aviation,” EASA stated.
Overall, the goal of EPAS is to provide a transparent framework for safety work, assisting in the identification of major risks and outlining the necessary actions to take.
It also urges EU member states to implement their own safety programs and share their expertise in that matter.
To provide aircraft operators a “comprehensive and coherent vision” of what EASA seeks to do in the years to come when talking about new rules and regulations, the EPAS program and the agency’s rulemaking program are merged into one document.
The agency believes the combination will “improve safety and the environmental performance of the aviation sector.”
The 2018-2022 edition of the EPAS also discusses EASA’s strategy when it comes to foreign collaboration and technical training. According to EASA Executive Director, Patrick Ky, “Safety actions need to be coordinated more than ever at regional and international levels, which explains the growing role played by regional safety oversight organizations in the field of aviation and the pivotal activity of EASA in this domain.”
European countries under the EASA umbrella are under the umbrella of the plan, and the agency is still working with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to widen its scope to the 56 states that make up the ICAO European and North Atlantic region.