Korea, US Sign Aviation Safety Contract
By Kim Rahn
Korea will be able to export aviation-related goods to the United States in line with a new aviation safety agreement (BASA) between the two nations.
Officials from Korea's Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed a contract concerning comprehensive cooperation in aviation safety, in Singapore Tuesday.
The agreement includes government certificates for aviation goods' airworthiness, aircraft maintenance, operation and training institutes.
Companies wanting to export aviation goods are required to provide certificates concerning airworthiness from the importing countries' governments. The U.S. refuses to give out certificates to companies from countries with no BASA contract, so Korean firms had not been able to directly export their goods to the U.S.
Following the agreement, Korean companies will be able to get FAA certification and export about 150 kinds of goods, including tires and black boxes, as their own brands. The export is likely to expand to other countries, as most other nations require FAA certificates for imports.
``The agreement showed Korea's aviation-related regulations and systems are at an equal level to those of the U.S., recognizing Korea's capacity in aviation safety,'' an official of the authority said.