Europe Urged To Adopt U.S. Regs

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is urging the European Union to adopt a uniform set of standards for GA aircraft and it's recommending they mirror U.S. regs. GAMA Sr. VP of Operations Ron Swanda told the recent U.S./Europe International Safety Conference that without common standards for GA aircraft, trade and commerce could be hindered in Europe. Swanda said the model for such regulations already exists with the FAA's operating rules. "The U.S. accounts for approximately 80 percent of the world's GA aircraft and pilots and it contains geography and operating environments similar to every area of the world," Swanda told delegates. "FAA's operating rules for GA have been written to safely accommodate these operating environments. In addition, FAA's operating rules have been in place for many years and are well understood." Swanda also urged the European Union to ensure accident-prevention programs are put in place and to integrate accident data with other jurisdictions to improve accident trend analysis.