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EASA Approval Allows Streamlined Transnational Operations at Airbus Helicopters

By S.L. Fuller | February 5, 2018

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Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters.

Airbus Helicopters’ operations across its international facilities have been streamlined. EASA said Monday it and the manufacturer had implemented a new single production organization approval (POA).

The approval replaces previous national approvals from France, Germany and Spain with a single, integrated framework, EASA said. This allows for simplified industrial exchanges between Airbus’ manufacturing facilities and supporting the company’s industrial strategy of site specialization across Europe.

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“The implementation of the single POA allows us to work as a truly integrated company, and ensures that our various sites are no longer considered as each other’s suppliers from a regulatory perspective,” said Christian Cornille, Airbus Helicopters EVP of industry.

Airbus has been operating under a single design organization approval from EASA since June 2016. According to EASA, it has simplified and harmonized development processes and expanded Airbus’ approach to certification, making it more transnational. One way it has done this this is through the establishment of a unified airworthiness office within Airbus Helicopters.

“A Single POA is of great value for Airbus Helicopters as it ensures continuity of its production procedures across its various European production sites and according to Europe’s highest safety standards” said Ralf Erckmann, EASA’s deputy flight standards director. “It is also a proof that EASA and the European National Aviation Authorities work hand in hand for the benefit of the European aviation industry and its customers.”

Airbus is one of many to have received this approval from EASA.

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