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US-EU Aviation Safety Agreement Updated to Expand Scope of Cooperative Efforts

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has expanded its areas of collaboration with the European Commission (EU) under an updated US-EU safety agreement that reflects new annexes regarding flight simulator equipment and pilot licensing.

Both parties moved to implement cooperative efforts they initially agreed upon in late 2017 through the signing of four decisions to the agreement during the 14th Bilateral Oversight Board meeting, FAA said Thursday.

FAA and EC decided to facilitate the conversion of private pilot licenses and aircraft and instrument ratings between the US and European aviation regulators, as well as to conduct recurrent simulation technology assessments on each other's behalf.

Under the agreement, European authorities will reduce the design change fees they charge to U.S. aerospace manufacturing firms and allow certified technicians to maintain civil aeronautical systems.