The visit of EASA’s high delegation is of considerable importance for the CAA, as well as for the other aviation industry stakeholders in the country, emphasized the Director General of the CAA, Tomislav Tuntev, PhD, during today’s first official meeting with EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick Ky in Skopje.

At the meeting with the Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Director General Tuntev, in the presence of the management team of the Agency presented the measures and activities which the CAA undertakes towards creating conditions and possibilities for safe, economically stable, intellectually, professionally prospective and developmentally prosperous air transport.

-The CAA will continue to be a main centerpiece of the contemporary transport integration processes, which will allow for continuous increase of the physical scope of transport and consistent implementation of international regulations. That will imply a greater number of transported passengers, aircraft operations and cargo volume at the Macedonian airports, more overflights of aircraft in the Macedonian airspace, prompting the spectrum of possibilities for travelling to a greater number of European and world destinations, strengthening the protection of air passenger rights, development and promotion of aviation activities and raising the level of aviation safety of the Macedonian sky. In other words, all of us at the Agency will remain dedicated and true to our vision and mission for profiling and implementation of integrated, efficient and environmentally sustainable civil aviation, available under equal conditions for all, stated Tuntev.

Welcoming the developmental milestones reached by the CAA thus far, the Director General of EASA expressed considerable interest for the objectives and challenges set by the aviation authority in cooperation with the Government and the other aviation industry stakeholders in the country.

Emphasizing the place and role of EASA in providing safe and secure European air transport, Ky stated that the EASA model has proved to be an exceptionally successful and unique model within European frameworks, due to the fact that, as he said, in the past there was no other model, except the US FAA one.

Today, any new model developed in the world takes over the basis of EASA. An example for that are the countries from Asia and the Middle East which have decided to be based on the model of the European Aviation Safety Agency, highlighted Ky.

At the meeting, among other issues, discussions were held about the current novelties in the field of regulation of unmanned aircraft and the need for opening a training center for the pilots of those aircraft.

EASA, as pointed out by Ky, is highly dedicated to creating conditions for training unmanned aircraft pilots, according to the example of Poland, where an academy for education of this category of pilots is already functioning successfully.

The heads of the CAA and EASA also touched upon the subject of cyber-security.

In that sense Ky announced that they, as an organization are already working on the cyber-security regulation, which will be adopted next year.

At the meeting in the CAA, besides the Director General Tuntev, Ky also met the managers of M-NAV, Nikolche Tasevski and Aleksandar Palchevski and the heads of TAV Macedonia, Alper Ersoy and Nejat Kurt and after that he held meetings with the President of the Government Zoran Zaev and the Minister of Transport and Communications, Goran Sugareski.