Australia gains easier access to US aviation market

Media Release

DC068/2017

24 March 2017

Australia’s aviation industry now has easier and cheaper access to the lucrative United States aviation market.

This follows the signing of amendments to the bilateral aviation agreement between Australia and the United States.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the amendments would be a significant benefit to Australian aviation parts and products designers and manufacturers.

Mr Chester said the changes would also benefit Australian companies and individuals who export aircraft and aircraft products to the United States.

“There are more than 40 Australian aviation design organisations and more than 80 aviation production organisations that will have lower costs and less red tape when exporting to the US market,” Mr Chester said.

“A range of Australian design and manufacturing approvals will now be accepted in the US without the need for additional and sometimes costly work.

“People and organisations wanting to sell their aircraft into the US should have fewer regulatory hurdles to contend with.

“These amendments save money and streamline regulatory requirements without in any way compromising safety standards.

“I know that many large and small aviation organisations have been eagerly awaiting these changes so they can make greater inroads into the huge US aviation market.”

The amendments have been made to the Implementation Procedures on Airworthiness made under the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between Australian and the United States.