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TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 13069

 

 

AVIATION

Safety

 

 

 


Agreement Between the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and ITALY

 


Signed at Rome October 27, 1999

 

 

 


 

NOTE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Pursuant to Public Law 89—497, approved July 8, 1966
(80 Stat. 271; 1 U.S.C. 113)—

“. . .the Treaties and Other International Acts Series issued
under the authority of the Secretary of State shall be competent
evidence . . . of the treaties, international agreements other than
treaties, and proclamations by the President of such treaties and
international agreements other than treaties, as the case may be,
therein contained, in all the courts of law and equity and of maritime
jurisdiction, and in all the tribunals and public offices of the
United States, and of the several States, without any further proof
or authentication thereof.”

 

ITALY

Aviation: Safety

Agreement signed at Rome October 27, 1999;
Entered into force October 27, 1999.

AGREEMENT BETWEEN
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AND
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC
FOR PROMOTION OF AVIATION SAFETY
The Government of the United States of America and the
Government of the Italian Republic, hereinafter referred to as
the Contracting Parties,
Desiring to promote aviation safety and environmental
quality,
Noting common concerns for the safe operation of civil
aircraft,
Recognizing the emerging trend toward multinational design,
production, and interchange of civil aeronautical products,
Desiring to enhance cooperation and increase efficiency in
matters relating to civil aviation safety,
Considering the possible reduction of the economic burden
imposed on the aviation industry and operators by redundant
technical inspections, evaluations, and testing,
Recognizing the mutual benefit of improved procedures for
the reciprocal acceptance of airworthiness approvals,
environmental approval and testing, and development of
reciprocal recognition procedures for approval and monitoring of
flight simulators, maintenance and alteration or modification
facilities, maintenance personnel, flight crew members, and
flight operations,
Have agreed as follows:
ARTICLE I
A. The Contracting Parties agree:
1. To facilitate acceptance by each Contracting Party of
the other Party's (a) airworthiness approvals and environmental
testing and approval of civil aeronautical products, and (b)
qualification evaluations of flight simulators;'
2. To facilitate acceptance by the Contracting Parties of
the approvals and monitoring of maintenance facilities and
alteration or modification facilities, maintenance personnel,
flight crew members, aviation training establishments, and
flight operations of the other Party;
3. To provide for cooperation in sustaining an equivalent
level of safety and environmental objectives with respect to
aviation safety.
B. Each Contracting Party shall designate the appropriate
authorities as the executive agent(s) to implement this
Agreement. For the Government of the United States of America,
the executive agent shall be the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) of the Department of Transportation. For the Government of
the Italian Republic, the executive agent shall be the Ente
Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile (ENAC).
ARTICLE II
For the purposes of this Agreement:
A. "Airworthiness approval" means a finding that the design
or change to a design of a civil aeronautical product meets
standards agreed between the Contracting Parties or that a
product conforms to a design that has been found to meet those
standards, and is in a condition for safe operation.
B. "Alterations or modifications" means making a change to
the construction, configuration, performance, environmental
characteristics, or operating limitations of the affected civil
aeronautical product.
C. "Approval of flight operations" means the process by
which technical inspections and evaluations of entities
providing commercial air transportation of passengers and/or
cargo are conducted by the executive agent of a Contracting
Party, in accordance with standards agreed between the Parties,
or the finding that the entity complies with those standards.
D. "Civil aeronautical product" means any civil aircraft,
aircraft engine, or propeller or subassembly, appliance,
material, part, or component to be installed thereon.
E. "Environmental approval" means the process by which a
civil aeronautical product is determined to be in compliance
with standards agreed between the Contracting Parties
concerning noise and/or exhaust emissions. "Environmental
testing" means a process by which a civil aeronautical product
is evaluated for compliance with those standards, using
procedures agreed between the Contracting Parties.
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F. "Flight simulator qualification evaluations" refers to
the qualification process by which a flight simulator is
assessed by comparison to the aircraft it simulates, in
accordance with performance standards agreed between the
Contracting Parties, or the finding that it complies with those
standards.
G. "Maintenance" means the performance of inspection,
overhaul, repair, preservation, and the replacement of parts,
materials, appliances, or components of a product to assure the
continued airworthiness of that product, but excludes
alterations or modifications.
H. "Monitoring" means the periodic surveillance by a
Contracting Party's executive agent to determine continuing
compliance with the appropriate standards.
ARTICLE III
A. The Contracting Parties' executive agents shall conduct
technical assessments and work cooperatively to develop an
understanding of each other's standards and systems in the
following areas:
1. Airworthiness approvals of civil aeronautical products;
2. Environmental approval of civil aeronautical products,
and environmental testing;
3. Approval and monitoring of maintenance and alteration or
modification facilities and maintenance personnel;
4. Pilot licensing and approval and monitoring of flight
crew members;
5. Approval and monitoring of flight operations;
6. Evaluation and qualification of flight simulators;
7. Approval and monitoring of aviation training
establishments.
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B. When the executive agents of the Contracting Parties
agree that their respective standards, rules, practices,
procedures, and systems relative to one of the technical
specialties listed in paragraph (A) of this Article are
sufficiently equivalent or compatible to permit each to accept
findings of the other concerning compliance with the
agreed-upon standards, the executive agents of the two Parties
shall agree and execute written Implementation Procedures
describing the methods by which such reciprocal acceptance shall
be confirmed with respect to that technical specialty.
C. The Implementation Procedures shall include at a
minimum:
1. Definitions;
2. A description of the scope of the particular area of
civil aviation to be addressed;
3. Provisions for reciprocal acceptance by the Contracting
Parties' executive agents of actions such as test witnessing,
inspections, qualifications, approvals, and certifications;
4. Accountability;
5. Provisions for mutual cooperation and technical
assistance;
6. Provisions for periodic evaluations; and
7. Provisions for amendments to or termination of the
Implementation Procedures.
ARTICLE IV
Any disagreement regarding the interpretation or application
of this Agreement or its Implementation Procedures shall be
resolved by consultation between the Contracting Parties or
their executive agents, respectively.
ARTICLE V
This Agreement shall enter into force upon signature and
shall remain in force until terminated by either Contracting
Party. Such termination shall be effected by sixty days'
written notification to the other Contracting Party. Such
termination will also act to terminate all existing
Implementation Procedures executed in accordance with this
Agreement. This Agreement may be amended by the written
agreement of the Contracting Parties. Individual
Implementation Procedures may be terminated or amended by the
executive agents.
ARTICLE VI
The Agreement relating to reciprocal acceptance of
airworthiness certificates, effected by exchange of notes at
Rome, on June 30 and August 3, 1973, shall remain in force
until terminated by an exchange of notes following completion by
the Contracting Parties' executive agents of the technical
assessments and Implementation Procedures concerning
airworthiness certification, as described in Article III. In
the event of any inconsistency between the Agreement of 1973
and this present Agreement, the Contracting Parties shall
consult.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being duly authorized by
their respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.
DONE at Rome , this day of 10/27/99 , in two originals,
each in the English and Italian languages, both texts being
equally authentic.
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: ITALIAN REPUBLIC:
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