Patrick Ky appointed EASA Executive Director
Patrick Ky assumed his new role as Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 1 September 2013. Vastly experienced, he has worked in the civil aviation arena for more than 24 years, including managerial positions in the French Civil Aviation Authority and at EUROCONTROL.
Immediately prior to joining EASA, Ky was, from October 2007, Executive Director of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking. He drove the set-up and execution of the ambitious European air traffic management modernisation programme.
Ky explained that he is very proud to have been chosen to embrace this new responsibility. He expects that EASA will in the future further strengthen its role and responsibilities to become a worldwide reference in aviation. He also anticipates that the European aviation authorities will work in complete symbiosis, with EASA being at the heart of a fully consistent European regulatory and safety system. His three main priorities over the coming year are: Firstly, a better internal functioning of the Agency; secondly, promoting a more efficient use of the resources of the Agency and the National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) in order to increase the EASA “sphere of influence”; and thirdly, the involvement of the European Commission and the Members States in a strategic discussion on the future of the European aviation system.