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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Topic - European Aviation Safety Agency
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is an agency of the European Union (EU) with offices in Cologne, Germany, which has been given regulatory and executive tasks in the field of civilian aviation safety. It was created on 28 September 2003, and it reached full functionality in 2008, taking over functions of the JAA (Joint Aviation Authorities). EFTA countries have been granted participation in the agency.The agency’s responsibilities include:* giving advice to the European Union for drafting new legislation;* implementing and monitoring safety rules, including inspections in the Member States;* type-certification of aircraft and components, as well as the approval of organisations involved in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aeronautical products;* authorization of third-country (non EU) operators;* safety analysis and research. - Source: Wikipedia
Lithium batteries that can leak corrosive fluid and start fires have emerged as the chief safety concern involving Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, a problem that apparently is far more serious than government or company officials acknowledged less than a week ago.
Europe's air safety authority ordered checks Wednesday on the entire global fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets for cracks on parts inside the wings — extending a previous order for nearly a third of the planes to be inspected.
Australian investigators on Thursday identified the source of an oil leak that caused a superjumbo jet's engine to blow apart in midair last month, and said a suspected manufacturing defect in the Rolls-Royce engine was to blame.