FAA and the Civilian Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) signed a maintenance agreement guidance (MAG) document July 12 to implement mutual surveillance of certified repair stations located abroad for each of the agreement partners.

The MAG agreement follows up on the two agencies’ maintenance implementation procedures (MIP) agreement signed by FAA administrator Michael Huerta and CAAS in February 2016.

The MIP provided the US and Singapore with the framework in which FAA and the CAAS can conduct surveillance on each other’s behalf to ensure compliance with each country’s respective regulatory requirements for maintenance and applicable special conditions, FAA said.

The new agreement provides guidance for implementation of the earlier MIP agreement, which FAA said was the first of its kind in Asia and reduces industry costs and authority resources.

“In cases where there are sufficient certificated facilities in both partner countries, MIPs may reduce the number of surveillance activities, free up inspector resources for the authorities, and reduce the regulatory burden on industry,” FAA said in a statement, noting  there are 58 FAA-approved repair stations located in Singapore.

Both the MIP and MAG agreements follow on the US-Singapore Bilateral Safety Agreement signed in 2004, which FAA described as benefiting both countries with time savings and cost reductions in aircraft design and manufacturing.

Mark Nensel mark.nensel@penton.com