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PM Signs Aviation Safety Agreement With US

27 March 2002

Prime Minister Signs Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement With United States


Prime Minister Helen Clark signed a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) with US Transportation Secretary, Norman Mineta, in Washington today.

The signing of the BASA was part of the Prime Minister’s programme in the United States.

Helen Clark welcomed the agreement, saying that it would benefit New Zealand's aircraft manufacturing and maintenance industry.

“New Zealand is the first country in the Southern Hemisphere to have achieved such an agreement with the United States. Our aviation repair and maintenance organisations earn $240 million annually in work for US customers. That figure is expected to increase as a result of this agreement.

“The new agreement recognises the capability of New Zealand’s aviation manufacturing and maintenance industry. It also recognises the safety standards of New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as equivalent to those of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It has significant benefits for both the New Zealand and United States aviation industries by providing for clearer procedures and streamlined processes for the certification of aircraft and products imported by each country. There will be enhanced co-operation between us in maintaining equivalent levels of aviation safety.”

Helen Clark said at the signing ceremony that efficient international air services were vitally important to both New Zealand and the United States.

“They underpin so many elements of the broad relationship between us: trade, investment, technology transfer, as well as business and leisure travel. Agreements like this one demonstrate our shared commitment to work together as the global aviation industry meets the challenges posed by the events of September last year,” the Prime Minister said.

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