SAFA data analysis and exchange visit
20-25 September, 2018
The EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP) successfully concluded an experience exchange visit to Europe dedicated to Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) data analysis and exchange.
The activity took place from 20-25 September and started in Cologne at EASA headquarters, where the Chinese delegation met with the EASA air operations ramp inspection experts. It continued in Amsterdam at the KLM Operational Control Centre (OCC) and KLM hangar, where the Chinese delegation met with KLM and the Dutch Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) representatives and ramp inspectors.
The CAAC-led delegation consisted of representatives from their regional offices and Chinese operators.
The activity provided excellent opportunities for the experts from EASA, CAAC, the ILT and Chinese and European operators to share information, experiences and best practices in the ramp inspection domain, as well as to discuss the main objective, i.e. exploring how to share data.
This activity increased the mutual understanding between EASA and CAAC regarding their respective ramp inspection systems, and highlighted areas where more similar approaches to ramp inspection procedures, categorisation of the findings and follow-up activities could potentially be adopted.
Discussions regarding how EASA and CAAC will continue to cooperate in the ramp inspection domain, with a special emphasis on sharing ramp inspection data by the CAAC, gave both sides something to reflect upon concerning the next steps that need to be taken.