TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 13131
Agreement Between the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Signed at Israel December 19, 2000
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Agreement signed at Israel December 19, 2000;
Entered into force December 19, 2000.
The Government of the United States of America
The Government of Israel
for Promotion of Aviation Safety
The Government of the United States of America and the Government of Israel, 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
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 testing, and development of reciprocal recognition
procedures for approval and monitoring of flight simulators, aircraft maintenance facilities,
maintenance personnel, airmen, and flight operations,
have agreed as follows:
a. The contracting parties agree:
I . 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,
airmen, 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 its civil aviation authority as the executive agent
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 Israel, the executive agent shall be the Civil
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 technical inspections and evaluations
conducted by a contracting party, using standards agreed between the parties, of an entity
providing commercial air transportation of passengers or cargo, 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 a finding that a civil aeronautical product complies
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
f. "Flight simulator qualification evaluations" means the process by which a flight
simulator is assessed by comparison to the aircraft it simulates, in accordance with
standards agreed between the contracting parties, or the finding that it complies with those
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 civil aviation
authority to determine continuing compliance with the appropriate standards.
a. The contracting parties civil aviation authorities shall conduct technical assessment 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 and environmental testing;
3. Approval of maintenance facilities, maintenance personnel, and airmen;
4. Approval of flight operations;
5. Evaluation and qualification of flight simulators; and
6. Approval of aviation training establishments.
b. When the civil aviation authorities of the contracting parties agree that the standards,
rules, practices, procedures, and systems of both contracting parties in one of the technical
specialties listed in paragraph (a) of this Article are sufficiently equivalent or compatible to
permit acceptance of findings of compliance made by one contracting party for the other
contracting party to the agreed-upon standards, the civil aviation authorities shall execute
written implementation procedures describing the methods by which such reciprocal
acceptance shall be made with respect to that technical specialty.
c. The implementation procedures shall include at a minimum:
2. A description of the scope of the particular area of civil aviation to be addressed;
3. Provisions for reciprocal acceptance of civil aviation authority actions such as test
witnessing, inspections, qualifications, approvals, and certifications;
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.
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 civil aviation authorities, respectively.
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 civil
The agreement between the, United States of America and Israel concerning certification of
airworthiness for imported aircraft, appliances, and components, effected by the exchange
of notes signed at Washington, D.C., on July 23, 1968 and amended by an exchange of
notes signed at Washington, D.C. on September 4, 1974, shall remain in force until
terminated by an exchange of notes following completion by the contracting parties' civil
aviation authorities of the technical assessments and implementation procedures concerning
airworthiness certification (and environmental approval), as described in Article III. In the
event of any inconsistency between the agreement of July 23, 1968, as amended, and this
agreement, the contracting parties shall consult.
In witness whereof, the undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective
governments, have signed this agreement.
Done at Israel, this 19th day of December 2000, Which corresponds to the 22rd day of
Kislev 5761 in duplicate, each in the English and Hebrew Languages, both texts being
for the Government of the United States of America for the Government of Israel