On Tuesday morning, the Aerospace & Defense Committee discussed about the Federal Aviation Administration’s work in the Southeast Asia region. The session was led by Senior FAA Representative to Southeast Asia, U.S. Department of Transportation, Jim Spillane. Jim provided an overview of the Federal Aviation Administration’s work in promoting safety, efficiency and harmonization in the region. The FAA is seen as the gold standard for air travel safety. Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration has signed a Maintenance Agreement Guidance (MAG) with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). This partnership is the first of its kind in Asia and will likely set the standard for future agreements. The MAG will reduce costs and free up inspector resources because it allows mutual surveillance to be conducted on certified repair stations which are located abroad for both of the agreement partners.