- EASA at AERO 2019: Making GA safer and cheaper
EASA focuses on a new vision while maintaining its commitment for General Aviation with the GA Roadmap 2.0!Â This yearâs highlights include the launch of the EASA Safety Award and a revolutionary new approach to Part-21
- Unruly passenger behaviour on board flights is a threat to safety. Get involved and share #notonmyflight
Every 3 hours the safety of a flight within the EU is threatened by passengers behaving in an unruly or disruptive manner.
At least 70% of these incidents involve some form of aggression. Once a month a flight is forced to perform an emergency landing when such situations escalate.*
The number of reported incidents in 2018 have increased by 34% compared to 2017.
- J-NEWS - 2019/01
- Sunny Swift: Easier and safer flying in IFR
- Sailplane Rule Book â Easy Access Rules published
EASA published the rule book containing the applicable rules on air operations and certification of sailplanes. The document is available for download from EASA's website.
It includes the Regulation (EU) 2018/1976, the certification specifications (CS) for sailplanes and powered sailplanes (CS-22), Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM), displayed in a consolidated, easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks.
- EASA published a revision of the Easy Access Rules for Air Operations
EASA published revision 12 ofÂ Easy Access Rules for Air Operations.
The document isÂ available for free download from the EASA website.Â
Revision 12 of Easy Access Rules on Air Operations includes:
- EASA suspends all Boeing 737 Max operations in Europe
Following the tragic accident of Ethiopian Airlines flightÂ ET302Â involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is taking every step necessary to ensure the safety of passengers.Â
- EASA has now published the Easy Access Rules for Aircrew (Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011)
The easy access rules contain the technical requirements and administrative procedures related to civil aviation aircrew, displayed in a consolidated, easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks, and are available for free download from the EASA website.
In addition, some specific parts of this regulation are available:
- Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 crash
EASAâs thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 crash.
The Agency is monitoring the investigation closely and is in contact with both the FAA and manufacturers.
We will immediately publish any further information on our website as the necessary information is available.
- EASA meets with groundhandling stakeholders to prepare implementation of the European roadmap on groundhandling safety
Cologne â On 7th March 2019, 200 participants from national aviation authorities, aircraft operators, aerodrome operators, groundhandling service providers (GHSP), and various aerodrome associations, aircraft operator associations, groundhandling associations and trade union associations attended the first EASA Conference on Groundhandling (GH).
- EASA report on âEffectiveness of Flight Time Limitationâ recommends enhancing fatigue mitigation measures to prevent fatigue among aircrew
Scientific study conducted by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency recommends enhancing mitigation measures concerning flight and duty time limitations and rest requirements to prevent high fatigue among aircrew during night flights.
- One step closer to harmonised rules for safe drones operation in Europe
On 28 February 2019 the EASA Committee has given its positive vote to the European Commissionâs proposal for an Implementing Act regulating the operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the open and specific categories.
This proposal is mainly based on EASAâs Opinion No 01/2018. During the phases of adoption EASA has continuously provided technical support to the European Commission.
- Successful workshop on drones closes in Peru
The joint event organised by EASA (through the EU-LAC APP project) and SRVSOP took place in Lima, PerÃº on 20 â 22 February 2019, with the participation of some 100 delegates from more than 25 countries from Latin America and Europe.
The workshop had the following objectives:Â
- Sunny Swift: Exchange of experiences
- Is life getting easier for GA manufacturers? New AMC&GM for production and design as a first step!
EASA introduces first steps to relieve some burden for small GA design and production companies.Â To that end, EASA issued ED Decision 2019/003/R with new, proportionate âsoftâ rules in the AMC/GM to Part-21.
These new Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material provide a more suitable way for small organisations to meet the design and production rules of Part-21.
It is aiming for less procedures and paperwork, instead looks at actual results and the product. This should make the use of Part-21 more scalable to the low end of General Aviation.
- Phasing out the use of Halon in aircraft
EU airline operators now have to ensure that newly manufactured large aircraft (both aeroplanes and helicopters) do not use the ozone depleting substance âhalonâ as a fire extinguishing agent.
The aim, shared by ICAO, is to gradually mitigate the environmental impact that halon extinguishing agents in firefighting equipment have on the ozone and climate, and to progressively achieve a âhalon-freeâ aviation, which balances the environmental concerns with safety-enhancing and cost-efficient rules.Â
- Extension of expiring maintenance organisations approvals issued by EASA and FAA
The US federal government partial shutdown which has ended last Friday (25/01/2019) has been affecting the aviation system for 35 days. During the shut-down, several maintenance organisation approvals issued by EASA and by the FAA under the EU-US Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement were coming due for renewal in both the United States and in EU Member States.
- STC Newsletter "Seasonal Technical Communication" - Winter
- European Aviation Report: Continued growth of aviation poses environmental challenges
Continued growth of the aviation sector has produced economic benefits and connectivity in Europe, however environmental and health impacts have increased and are expected to grow substantially in the next 20 years. In particular the predicted increase in greenhouse gas emissions, if not addressed, could undermine efforts to mitigate climate change and limit the global temperature rise to below the target of 2degC in the Paris Agreement.Â Â
- NEW e-learning course: EASAâs new Basic Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2018/1139)
Last September the new Regulation for EASA and the European aviation system (EASAâs âBasic Regulationâ - Regulation (EU) 2018/1139) entered into force.
To support the aviation community in this transition, EASA has designed a dedicated online e-learning course and is offering it free-of-charge to aviation authorities, industry and other interested stakeholders.
- 1st Transport Cybersecurity Conference held in Lisbon
Lisbon, 23 January 2019 -The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) welcomed in Lisbon the first Conference on Transport Cybersecurity, with the support of the European Commission (DG MOVE), the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the EU Agency for Railways (ERA).Â
- EASA publishes the European Plan for Aviation Safety for 2019-2023
EASA published today the 8th edition of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS). The EPAS sets out the strategic and operational priorities for safety and environmental protection for the next 5 years. It is a key component of the European Aviation Safety Programme (EASP) and provides a coherent and transparent framework for European States to manage aviation safety, both at regional and at national level.Â
- EASA Preliminary Safety Overview of the Commercial Air Transport operations 2018
2017 was considered the safest year ever in commercial aviation history, nevertheless the events in 2018 were a reminder that safety should not be taken for granted. Worldwide in 2018 there were 530 fatalities in 11 fatal accidents, setting us back to a level not experienced since 2015.Â
The detailed figures for Europe show that there were no fatal accidents involving commercial passenger airlines, however 20 persons were killed in a fatal accident, involving a sightseeing flight using a historic aircraft in the Swiss Alps.
- J-NEWS - Issue 3
- Easy Access Rules for Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) are available!
EASA has now published the consolidated Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) in the Easy Access format for free download from the EASA website! These up-to-date rules are displayed in an easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks.
The document covers the SERA regulation - Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 together with the applicable Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) including the initial issue & amendment 1.
- Inadvertent flight into IMC conditions
UPDATE:Â Applications are now closed.
Weather is an important contributing factor to GA accidents. Although there are many other elements and issues that have the potential to cause troubles for pilots in flight, weather is one of the most prominent,Â ever-present risks pilots have to deal with on each and every flight.Â
- Sunny Swift: Winter Planning
- Next Generation of Aviation Professionals
The aviation industry is expected to grow significantly of the new 20 years and beyond.Â In the near future it is expected that the global aviation community will face a shortage of skilled aviation professionals.Â To help address this important issue the global aviation organisation, ICAO, has launched the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) initiative
- The EU paves the way to establish the common European drone services market
Today the European Commission, EASA and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management together with the National Authorities and industry adopted the âAmsterdam Declarationâ concluding two days of lively discussions at the EASA High Level Conference on Drones.
The conference was an opportunity for EASA to discuss its proposed rules and have an exchange with the aviation community.
- Additional Easy Access Rules for Initial Airworthiness published!
EASA further facilitates stakeholders access to eRules for Initial Airworthiness by publishing the Easy Access Rules in the following eight categories:
- Light Sport Aeroplanes (CS-LSA)
- Propellers (CS-P)
- Very Light Aeroplanes (CS-VLA)
- Very Light Rotorcraft (CS-VLR)
- Engines (CS-E)
- European Technical Standard Orders (CS-ETSO)
- Large Aeroplanes (CS-25)
-Â Acceptable Means of Compliance for Airworthiness of Products, Parts and Appliances (AMC-20)