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FAA Assures “No Change” In Immediate Brexit Aftermath

On Jan. 30, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Ali Bahrami distributed a letter to the aviation community regarding the forthcoming departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Citing several years of effort between U.S. and British regulators, Bahrami affirmed that the political separation will have no immediate impact on transatlantic aviation business.

“[There] will be no change to the current procedures associated with the exchange of aviation goods and services between the United States and the UK,” Bahrami said. “The FAA, the UK Civil Aviation Authority…and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency…will continue to use the procedures established in the U.S.-EU Safety Agreement and EASA will continue to represent the UK CAA as its technical agent.”

Bahrami noted that more work must be done as the UK and EU negotiate their long-term relationship. This effort, including refining the U.S.-UK regulatory relationship, will continue up to and through the Dec. 31 end of the “Brexit” transition period.

To read Bahrami’s letter, click here.

To access ARSA’s information page on Brexit, click here.

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Previous Brexit Updates...

3/26/19 - From the UK CAA – U.S. MIP Signed

March 26, 2019

UPDATE: On March 26, Transport Canada and the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom signed the English version of the “Hard-Brexit Scenario” for the working agreement. The agreements have been posted on the UK CAA website and can be found by clicking here.

On March 14, the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom posted details of new implementing procedures agreed to under the bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) between the UK and the United States.

“The agreements ensure that the level of cooperation between the two authorities and their systems will remain the same if the UK leaves the European Union without a negotiated exit in place,” the CAA noted in its release.

Since the UK and EU continue to negotiate the terms of “Brexit,” and with the European parliament agreeing to delay the separation date from late March to early April 2019, the FAA has so far withheld publication of the agreement.

UK signs post-EU exit air safety agreements with USA

Details of new implementing procedures agreed under the bilateral air safety agreements (BASA) between the UK and US were today discussed with aerospace and aviation industry representatives at an event at the Embassy of the United States in London. Click here to read more.

10/18/18 - UK CAA Briefs U.S. Industry on Brexit

October 18, 2018

On Oct. 17, representatives from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) briefed ARSA and other aviation organizations on efforts to minimize the disruptive impact of the UK’s scheduled March 29, 2019 exit from the European Union (EU).

To access a PDF copy of the presentation, click here.

Click to access the presentation.

In addition to a detailed overview of various Brexit scenarios, the presentation provided links to resources, including the Q&A page established by the UK CAA and EASA (on the last slide).

As described in the presentation, UK regulators are working with counterparts in the United States, Canada and Brazil to update bilateral aviation safety agreements to prevent disruption for industry should the UK not join EASA after Brexit. The UK is also preparing Brexit legislation to, among other things, adopt current EASA regulations and recognize EASA approvals and certificates. However, UK aviation businesses in particular still face significant uncertainty.

To stay on top of relevant Brexit updates and access key resources, visit (and bookmark) ARSA’s Brexit Issue Page:

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