FAA, United Kingdom CAA Strengthen Collaboration

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) finalized an agreement that will allow the two countries to share each other’s evaluation and acceptance of flight simulators. The agreement will reduce the regulatory burden on business while maintaining aviation safety. 

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The terms and conditions, which update the 2005 Simulator Implementation Procedures (SIP) agreement, are the result of a yearlong effort to continue mutual cooperation and technical assistance in evaluating, accepting, and setting qualification standards for each other's flight simulator systems. The UK’s departure from the European Union and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) prompted the recent update of the SIP. By leveraging FAA and CAA resources, both agencies will be able to allocate resources to higher safety-risk areas, and ensure continued efficiencies. 

The FAA reopened its office at the U.S. Embassy in London to support cooperation and technical assistance between the two countries following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and CAA’s separation from EASA. 

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