The United Arab Emirates has been admitted into the European Union's Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft programme (SAFA).
Membership was granted during the visit of Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), to the UAE, and is considered an unprecedented achievement for the country.
SAFA membership gives the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) the opportunity to share resources and inspection findings with the EU. The GCAA will also have access to the results of EU inspections. The aviation authority hopes membership will help it increase the number of inspections to 300 a year.
The GCAA has worked hard in the last couple of years, undertaking several large-scale co-operations and initiatives to aid the transformation of the UAE aviation sector and the establishment of a reliable and coherent safety oversight system, commented GCAA director general H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi.
He also added that with the help of its partners, especially EASA, GCAA has managed to build a safe and efficient air transport system, supporting economic growth in the UAE and providing citizens with better quality of life and more safety.
Ismail Al Blooshi, assistant director general of Aviation Safety Affairs, confirmed GCAA's readiness to continue to be an active partner of the EU and to collaborate with EASA as it strives to promote and improve safety in the UAE. He said the UAE's adoption of the SAFA programme will help the country tackle the aviation challenges of the future.