In a meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) aviation leaders during the Singapore Airshow, FAA Administrator, Michael Huerta, has signed a milestone Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP) agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
This is a first of its kind agreement in Asia and, the FAA states, “will set the standard for future agreements.”
“It builds on the 2004 U.S-Singapore Bilateral Safety Agreement (BASA) which has benefitted both countries by saving time and reducing costs in aircraft design and manufacturing. The MIP will also reduce costs by allowing the reciprocal acceptance of Singapore and the United States’ surveillance of maintenance work,” writes the FAA in its announcement.
Huerta’s visit to the Singapore Air Show and meeting with CAAS and ASEAN aviation leaders is part of the FAA Administrator’s commitment to further U.S. global leadership in aviation.
In 2014, Administrator Huerta selected ‘global leadership’ as one of the FAA’s four strategic initiatives so transform how the FAA prioritizes and focuses its resources, engaging with the international aviation community to improve air safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability through collaboration, partnerships and regulatory harmonisation.
“This landmark agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore will strengthen aviation safety while reducing the cost of inspections on repair work,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “The United States looks forward to our continued collaboration with ASEAN Member States.”
The FAA and the CAAS will also work together to build Air Traffic Management capacity in the region.