FAA must work with its Asia-Pacific counterparts, Huerta says

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael P. Huerta, speaking at the Asia-Pacific Directors General of Civil Aviation Conference, recently told aviation leaders the FAA and Asian agencies must work together to promote certification systems and oversight operations.

“By sharing data and best practices with each other, we’ve proven that safety has no borders,” Huerta said. “It is imperative that we work together to meet this increased demand and deliver the level of safety and service consumers and businesses on both sides of the Pacific expect.”

Aircraft officials in Asia-Pacific also pledged to improve efficiency and adapt new technologies.

The FAA already is cooperating with two agencies. With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the FAA is working on information sharing between Asian nations.

The FAA also is working with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, to establish best practices to allow for smoother traffic flow and separation reductions and is working to standardize and implement innovative traffic-flow management technologies.

It also is working to reduce aircraft emissions and shorten flight routes by implementing performance-based navigation procedures.

By 2037, the number of passengers traveling between the United States and Asia-Pacific will increase 120 percent, according to an FAA estimate.

The conference meets annually to discuss civil aviation.