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Advancing Aviation Standards: RTCA and EUROCAE Renew Commitment through Updated Memorandum of Cooperation

April 26, 2023
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This MOC renews the agreement for both organizations to continue working together with aviation regulators and industry to develop comprehensive standards for critical aviation modernization.

Washington, D.C. and Paris, France, April 26, 2023

Today, RTCA and EUROCAE renewed their commitment of cooperation in the development of joint standards for aviation systems. During the annual EUROCAE Symposium held at the National Air & Space Museum in Paris, France, RTCA President Terry McVenes and EUROCAE Director General Anna von Groote signed an updated Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC). The MoC renews the agreement for both organizations to continue working together for the development of aviation standards.

The cooperative arrangements will enable the development of timely, reliable and effective standards to support interoperability and sustainability in an increasingly complex, global environment. These standards will continue to be developed collaboratively as one team between all industry stakeholders.

Terry McVenes, President and CEO of RTCA, said, “The renewal of this agreement underscores the commitment of RTCA and EUROCAE towards promoting a culture of international cooperation and teamwork in the creation of standards that enhance safety and efficiency in the aviation industry. We are delighted to continue our collaborative efforts in this regard”.

Anna von Groote, EUROCAE Director General, said, “Our partnership with RTCA has been long-standing and has contributed to strengthening our standards, aligning them with international harmonization and promoting global interoperability. This collaboration has been highly regarded by key stakeholders, including the industry and regulators such as EASA, FAA, and ICAO. The recently updated agreement forms a strong foundation for ongoing successful cooperation, encompassing a wide range of topics from shared processes to prospective joint initiatives”.
This MoC reinforced the good relationship between EUROCAE and RTCA and the strategic partnership between the two organizations.
RTCA / EUROCAE collaboration over time:

  • 1963: Collaboration is established with RTCA right from EUROCAE’s creation
  • 1975: First publication of a joint Document RTCA/EUROCAE (DO-160/ED-14)
  • 1996: First recognition by ICAO that existing standards, such as RTCA and EUROCAE MOPS, can be used as a basis for SARPs
  • 2014: Signature of a Memorandum of Cooperation MoC between EUROCAE and RTCA
  • 2023: Signature of an updated MoC to reinforce cooperation


About RTCA

RTCA, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that serves the catalyst for aviation collaboration and consensus-based modernization of the air traffic management system. RTCA and its more than 1800 aviation community volunteers develop recommendations for standards and guidance for aviation systems and equipment and policies and investment priorities for operational capabilities that improve aviation safety, capacity, and efficiency. RTCA recommendations are used by the FAA as the basis for policy, program, and regulatory decisions and by the private sector as the basis for development, investment and other business decisions.


Press contact: Ka’Nika Evans (kevans@rtca.org)



EUROCAE develops high-quality aviation standards, which are built upon the expertise of more than 4500 highly skilled experts nominated by EUROCAE’s 450 European and global members. EUROCAE standards are referenced by all major European and international regulators. They build upon state-of-the art expertise of its members, are fit for purpose and adopted internationally, support operations, development and regulations, and address emerging global aviation challenges.

The standards are developed by over 50 Working Groups (WGs). To enhance global harmonisation, many EUROCAE Working Groups are working in close cooperation with our partner organisations, such as RTCA or SAE.


Press contact: Yago Grela (yago.grela@eurocae.net)


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