RTCA, Inc. and the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation, formalizing the relationship of the two standard developing bodies to strengthen the collaboration and harmonization between standards in the United States and Europe.
This agreement brings together the two respected organizations known for consensus-based standards to provide a single global voice on many issues to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for their Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). Both RTCA and EUROCAE are known for their time-honored consensus process that leverages the industry expertise to solve challenging problems. This formal Memorandum will boost global harmonization.
The parties will continue to work closely during an increasingly important time, as more than half of the standards work programs are worked jointly between the two organizations. The increased size, complexity and diversity of the global air transportation system has generated the need to re-double efforts to work together to identify and resolve issues and leverage opportunities in a harmonized fashion.
“Reflecting on our 40-year constructive partnership, this formal agreement strengthens our joint commitment to develop harmonized industry performance standards that support interoperability in this increasingly interconnected global industry,” said Margaret Jenny, RTCA President.
During Christian Schleifer-Heingärtner’s, Acting Secretary General of EUROCAE, speech at the EUROCAE General Assembly he said, “the signature of the EUROCAE/RTCA Memorandum of Cooperation is on the very top of the list of strategic objectives for the organization. This agreement is timely in reinforcing and further formalizing the collaboration between EUROCAE and RTCA as global aviation challenges become more complex, and we see this as our contribution to worldwide harmonization and global interoperability.”