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CAAS and EASA sign Memorandum of Understanding on Urban Air Mobility

18 October 2022, Singapore/Cologne


Agreement seeks to achieve common goal of promoting urban air mobility, such as air taxis, through establishing standards for the certification and operation of electric aircraft

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on urban air mobility to support the development, deployment and safe operation of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The agreement was signed by Mr Han Kok Juan, Director-General of CAAS and Mr Luc Tytgat, Strategy and Safety Management Director, EASA on 18 October 2022, on the side-lines of the inaugural European Union–Asia Symposium on Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Urban Air Mobility. Read more...

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EU-SEA APP kicks off support to CAAT in the field of Hot Air Balloons

10 August 2022, Thailand

EU-SEA APP expert Matthias Borgmeier met this week with officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) at the premises of the EASA Project Office in Bangkok to kick off the project’s support in the field of hot air balloons.


The EU-SEA APP is helping CAAT review the current set-up for hot air balloons in Thailand, providing advice and support to ensure the safe and proportionate regulatory oversight of hot air balloon operations.

EU supports Indonesia in its ambitions for safer and greener aviation

19 May 2022, Singapore

Flights to Bajawa and Larantuka in Indonesia are now provided by Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures and are greener to fly, as well as the flight to Atambua which is in the final stage, thanks to work performed by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in cooperation with the Directorate General for Civil Aviation in Indonesia (DGCA Indonesia).  

PBN, which uses satellites and on-board equipment to help pilots with navigation, is now available for these three airports. PBN allows aircraft to operate safely to and from airports in difficult weather environments and cases where the geography is challenging. It also improves operational efficiency, thereby reducing aviation’s environmental impact. Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA visited ATRpremises in Singapore on 18 May 2022 to fly the PBN routes developed with the support of the European Union (EU) for Indonesia’s Atambua, Bajawa and Larantuka airports using an ATR flight simulator. Read more...

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The newly appointed EASA Representative for Singapore, David Waller (centre) and his colleagues Luigi Preti, Maintenance Organisation Approval Expert / EASA International Officer in Singapore (left) and Marisa Dharudyo, Assistant (right).

New EASA representative in Singapore to further strengthen partnership in the region

David Waller has been appointed as the new Representative of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Singapore to further strengthen the partnership between the European Union (EU) and civil aviation stakeholders in South East Asia, the Pacific and Australasia.

David’s objective is to support the EU’s partnership with both civil aviation authorities and the aviation industry in these regions. As well as supporting the EU in its outreach to regional stakeholders, he is similarly there to help regional stakeholders’ connect with the EU.

In particular his work will support the three EU-funded technical cooperation projects being implemented in South East Asia: the ARISE Plus Civil Aviation Project which supports ASEAN, the EU-South East Asia Aviation Partnership Project which supports safety and institutional relations, and the EU-SEA CCCA CORSIA project which mitigates the climate change impact of civil aviation.


David is located at the EASA Singapore Office, which is based at the EU delegation to Singapore, and which builds on the well-established partnership between EASA and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

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EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium

10-12 November 2020, Cologne-Germany

The EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium is a unique forum in Europe to discuss the latest developments for rotorcraft from a safety perspective. This year, the Symposium will be integrated in the newly created EUROPEAN ROTORS Event. This event will be an official EU showcase focussing on VTOL developments and safety perspectives. This will be an annual event, taking place for the first time this year from 10th to 12th November. Thanks to our new partnership with the European Helicopter Association (EHA) we are building up to make a unique showcase which involves all the European Rotorcraft Community. 


This event is supported by OEMs, suppliers and operators to offer comprehensive programmes, conferences, workshops and training throughout the event.

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Thailand and the European Union cut the ribbon for a new office to support air transport in South East Asia

26 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand and the European Union celebrated closer ties with the unveiling of a new European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) office hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and Mr Giuseppe Busini, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, cut the ribbon to open the office.


The new office will help further the partnership between the EU, Thailand and ASEAN, and support safer and more sustainable aviation under the ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the European Union (ARISE+) civil aviation project and the bilateral actions of the EU-South East Asia Partnership. These programmes are funded by the EU and implemented by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Europe’s technical body for safety and environmental protection.


Dr Chula Sukmanop, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said, “Thailand and EU have strong relations in aviation. The new office will enhance the EU’s role in supporting all ASEAN member states.  CAAT is honoured to play a part in the development of sustainable aviation in our region.”


Mr Luc Tytgat, Strategy and Safety Management Director at EASA said, “We are very grateful to Thailand for welcoming us within their premises and for the support provided. These projects will help ASEAN ensure safer, cleaner and cheaper flights, whilst enabling more connections.”


The  EASA project office will facilitate the implementation of the ARISE Plus Civil Aviation Project and the EU-South East Asia Aviation Partnership Project, plus a third project, to be launched shortly, focused purely on mitigating climate change, through which EASA will support the effective implementation of the international Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) in ASEAN.

EU supports the take-off of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Thailand

11 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 11th May, a roadmap to enhance Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Thailand has been agreed between the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) and the National Institute for Emergency Medicine (NIEM) with the support of the European Union (EU).

Critical health care for heart-attack, stroke and accident victims revolves around providing proper health care during the first hour, as this has been proven to significantly increase the survival rate. Helicopters can play an important role in ensuring rapid transport of medical teams to the site, or evacuation of patients to suitable hospitals within that time, typically referred to as the ‘golden hour’.

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