TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 13159
Agreement Between the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Signed at Oslo June 27, 2001
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Agreement signed at Oslo June 27, 2001;
Entered into force June 27, 2001.
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF NORWAY
PROMOTION OF AVIATION SAFETY
The Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom
of Norway, 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
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:
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, 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 the Kingdom of Norway, the executive agent shall be the
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
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 contracting parties.
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
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
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
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 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 their
respective standards, rules, practices, procedures, and systems relative to one of the
technical specialities 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 civil aviation authorities shall execute written
Implementation Procedures describing the methods by which such reciprocal
acceptance shall be made with respect to that technical speciality.
C. The Implementation Procedures shall include at a minimum:
2. A description of the scope of the particular area of civil aviation to be
3. Provisions for reciprocal acceptance of civil aviation authority actions
such as test witnessing, inspections, qualifications, approvals, and
5. Provisions for mutual cooperation and technical assistance;
6. Provisions for periodic evaluations; and
7. Provisions for amendments to or termination of the Implementation
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 aviation authorities.
The Arrangement between the United States of America and Norway Relating to
Certificates of Airworthiness for Imported Aircraft, effected by exchange of notes at
Oslo February 5, 1957, as amended by exchange of Notes at Washington January 24,
1978, 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, as
described in Article III of this agreement. In the event of any inconsistency between the
1957 Arrangement, as amended, and this present agreement, the Contracting Parties
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective
governments, have signed this agreement.
DONE at Oslo, this 27 day of June 2001,
in duplicate, in the English and Norwegian languages, both texts being equally
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF
THE UNITED STATES OF
FOR THE GOVERNMENT
OF THE KINGDOM OF