When Flying to Europe, Be Prepared for SAFA Checks

In recent months, NBAA has heard from U.S.-based members traveling overseas about their encounters with SAFA ramp inspectors at European airports. Due to differences in interpretation of ICAO rules, operators of U.S.-registered business aircraft may be questioned by an inspector about their knowledge of the aircraft’s maintenance and operations procedures. The most serious repercussion for operators who aren’t prepared for these checks is receiving a safety finding, which can ground the aircraft.

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