Continued Airworthiness Type Design Workshop
Beijing, 18-19 April 2018
The EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP) successfully concluded its most recent activity which encompassed a wide range of topics related to the continued airworthiness of type design.
The workshop provided an opportunity to exchange best practices between Europe and China for the Continued Airworthiness of Type Design. It also established a direct contact with the Chinese aviation authority offices to promote the robustness of the European continuing airworthiness system. The role and responsibilities of the State of Design versus State of Registry was discussed and clarified at length to ensure fruitful cooperation between CAAC and EASA.
Speakers from EASA, CAAC, European manufacturers as Airbus, Airbus Helicopters, ATR, Safran Helicopter Engines and Rolls Royce, as well as Chinese manufacturers as COMAC, AVIC, presented their organisation, their procedures and the challenges related to the continued airworthiness domain. Synergies between the continued airworthiness process and the application of a Just Culture, the implementation of a Safety Management System and the investigations of incidents and accidents were as well covered during this fruitful workshop.
In conclusion, the workshop highlighted the importance of reporting, which is the key for safety. Indeed, the success of continued airworthiness lies on the communication and cooperation between all stakeholders. For instance, between engine manufacturer and aircraft manufacturer or between manufacturer and suppliers; between airlines/Maintenance and Repair Organizations and Design Approval Holders; between Airworthiness Authorities.