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European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)


  • Role: Ensuring safety and environmental protection in civil aviation in Europe
  • Director: Patrick Ky
  • Members: 27 EU countries + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway
  • Partners: European civil aviation authorities
  • Established in: 2002
  • Number of staff: 840
  • Location: Cologne (Germany)
  • Website: European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is responsible for ensuring safety and environmental protection in air transport in Europe.

What it does

EASA's role includes:

  • harmonising regulations and certification
  • developing the single EU aviation market
  • drawing up technical aviation rules
  • type certification of aircraft & components
  • approving companies that design, manufacture & maintain aeronautical products
  • providing safety oversight and support to EU countries (e.g. on air operations, air traffic management)
  • promoting European and global safety standards
  • working with international stakeholders to improve safety in Europe (e.g. the 'EU air safety list' – a list of banned operators).


EASA consists of 5 directorates:

  • Executive directorate – includes chief engineer, communication & quality department, legal department
  • Strategy & safety management – safety intelligence & performance, strategy & programmes, international cooperation
  • Certification – certification, validation & airworthiness directives for aircraft, environment, parts & appliances, safety oversight for aeronautical design companies
  • Flight standards directorate – responsible for standardisation (national oversight) & rulemaking for maintenance, air operations, aircrew & medical, air traffic management/air navigation services, aerodromes
  • Resources & support directorate – finance & procurement, human resources, IT, applicant services, corporate services

Who benefits

The European and international civil aviation community:

  • European civil aviation authorities
  • air operators & airlines
  • European manufacturers/designers of aircraft & parts
  • maintenance companies
  • commercial & private pilots
  • approved training organisations
  • aero-medical centres
  • air traffic controllers & air navigation services
  • airports

Aircraft & aeronautical products covered:

  • medium & large jets
  • turboprop aircraft
  • light aircraft
  • rotary-wing aircraft (helicopters, gyroplanes)
  • light sport aircraft (balloons, gliders, airships, civilian drones)
  • engines, propellers, flight simulators
  • some military aircraft (e.g. the A400M airlifter)
See also
Contact details

European Aviation Safety Agency(EASA)

Contact details


Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3
D-50668 Köln

+49 221 8999 000
+49 221 8999 099
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