Another busy day of government publications. Amongst the many papers to arrive have been the 3 on civil aviation published by the UK Department for Transport (DfT). These are technical notices that set out plans put in place, in the “unlikely” event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. These links are to the technical notices on:
- Aviation security if there’s no Brexit deal
- Aviation safety if there’s no Brexit deal
- Flights to and from the UK if there’s no Brexit deal
Generally, the advice is for the aviation industry to review potential implications for supply chains and staff with specialist qualifications. The information shows the potential impact of a no deal scenario is extremely high. There is a wish that, even with no Brexit deal there’s still enough mutual interests to keep all parts of aviation running.
However, for pan-European organisations this senario will be as destructive as an Icelantic volcano. Estimates of costs rise rapidly for everyday that no deals are implemented, recognised and working. The impact goes beyond just EU – UK relations because the EU’s existing agreements and working arrangements will no longer apply to the UK. To get over this the UK is declaring its intention to recognise EU standards of security and safety. Hopefully this will be enough for other nations aviation authorities to carry on regardless.
The UK CAA has published its own information that covers the subjects in more detail. Some of the questions and answers remain open. The words: ask EASA, appear numerous times.
What is clear is that the implication of these technical measures is to duplicate activities. Certificates and licences will need to exit in European form and in UK form. A period of adaption is contemplated on the UK side, but the outcome will be the need for compliance with new national regulatory requirements. It’s rather like turning the clock back to a time before the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA). There’s no guarantee that there will be mutual recognition even if there may be a common benefit in maintaining a level playing field.
There’s no aviation safety value in duplication. In fact, there is a potential safety down side. Given that there’s finite expertise and resources dedicated to safety work spreading those more thinly isn’t going to help anyone. If there’s divergence in processes and procedures who knows what might fall down the cracks.
It’s worth saying that during all of this change in the UK the internal market for the EU27 will continue to work. The citizens of the EU27 will continue to benifit from their common system for aviation safety and security.