By Keith Laing - 07/24/12 03:20 PM EDT
McAuslan touted U.S. efforts to enact more stringent pilot fatigue rules after the 2009 Colgan Air crash in Buffalo, N.Y.
"American regulations have tightened considerably since the fatal Colgan Air crash in 2009 and the United States can be proud of having the lowest fatal air accident rate in the world," he said. "We need Europe to be improving its standards, as the United States has done, not lowering down for the sake of harmonization with Europe."
The European Union has separately been at odds with U.S. airlines over a proposal to increase carbon emission trading requirements on flights to airports within EU countries.