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Encyclopedia > SAFA programme

The Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft Programme (SAFA Programme) is a programme established by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). Within the SAFA programme, ramp inspections made by the regulatory authorities in the member states have a common format. The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) or Conférence Européenne de lAviation Civile (CEAC) is an international organization with close ties to the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the Council of Europe and the institutions of the European Union such as EUROCONTROL and the Joint Aviation... An international organization (also called intergovernmental organization) is an organization of international scope or character. ...


According to the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), if an inspection identifies significant irregularities, these will be taken up with the operator and the oversight authority. The inspectors in each Member State can demand corrective action before allowing the aircraft to leave if the irregularities have an immediate impact on safety, . The Joint Aviation Authorities, or JAA, is the predominant regulatory body for aviation in Europe. ... An Airbus A380, currently the worlds largest airliner An aircraft is any vehicle or craft capable of atmospheric flight. ...


Data reported by the inspectors in each Member State is stored centrally in a computerized database set up by the JAA. The database also holds supplementary information, for example lists of actions carried out by the air carrier after the inspections. Furthermore the information in the database is reviewed and analyzed by the JAA regularly, and the Member States are informed of any potential safety hazards which have been identified.


However, SAFA inspections only regarded as on-the-spot assessments and the organization stresses that inspections are not a substitute for proper regulatory oversight (which is required under the Chicago Convention) and are not a guarantee for the airworthiness of a particular aircraft. The Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known as the Chicago Convention, established the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations charged with coordinating and regulating international air travel. ...


Member States

ECAC Member States include the following 42 states:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Georgia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Georgia (Georgian: საქართველო Sakartvelo), known from 1991 to 1995 as the Republic of Georgia, is a country to the east of the Black Sea in the southern Caucasus. ... Official languages Macedonian2 Capital Skopje President Branko Crvenkovski Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski Area  – Total  – % water Ranked 145th  25,713 km²  1. ...


See also

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is an agency of the European Union with offices in Cologne, Germany, which has been given specific regulatory and executive tasks in the field of aviation safety. ... The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) or Conférence Européenne de lAviation Civile (CEAC) is an international organization with close ties to the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the Council of Europe and the institutions of the European Union such as EUROCONTROL and the Joint Aviation... The Joint Aviation Authorities, or JAA, is the predominant regulatory body for aviation in Europe. ... The following is a list of air carriers banned in the European Community. ...

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