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EAsA rulemaking Activities Likely to Impact Business Aviation
the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the European
Union (EU) agency with regulatory authority over civilian aviation safety. It was created in 2003, but the transition from the
Joint Aviation Authorities was complete in 2008 when EASA
reached full functionality. the agency's mission is to promote
the highest common standards of safety and environmental
protection in civil aviation in Europe and worldwide while
establishing a single regulatory system for aviation activities
in the EU.
EASA publishes the Agency Work Programme, which
provides a summary of expected rulemaking activities for
the next several years. Here are several initiatives that could
affect NBAA members that operate in the EU or its territories,
regardless of their aircraft country of registry.
Oversight of third-country aircraft and non-CAT
operators - EASA expects to increase its oversight of thirdcountry aircraft and operators involved in non-commercial
air transport (non-CAt) operations. many of the rulemaking
activities listed below will have direct or indirect impact on
business aircraft operations in the EU and its territories.
flight-time limitations - In 2013, the European Parliament of the European Commission adopted a proposal to
harmonize flight- and duty-time limitations (FtL) for commercial cabin crew and pilots across the EU. EASA now has one
of the strictest FtL regulations in the world. the new rules
A reduction of flight duty time at night to 11 hours, down
from 11 hours and 45 minutes.
A reduction of maximum number of flying hours from
1,300 to 1,000 in 12 consecutive months.
A grant of up to five days of rest at home base in case of
significant time zone crossing.
the new regulations became effective on Jan. 1, with a
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transition period of two years. these rules are not applicable
Emergency medical service operations by airplane
Single airplane operations
Air taxi operations by airplane (with "air taxi operation"
defined as non-scheduled on demand commercial air
transport operations with an airplane with a maximum
operational passenger seating configuration of 19 or less).
Business aviation escaped this regulatory revision, but a
notice of proposed amendment (NPA) for air taxi operators is
expected later this year. the NPA will attempt to specify more
appropriate limits for on-demand commercial operations. the
public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposal,
and a final rule is expected in 2016. NBAA represents its
members on a rulemaking group and will comment on the
proposal upon its publication.
fANs-1/A - As of January, aircraft crossing the Atlantic
must be equipped for Future Air Navigation System (FANS),
a system primarily used in oceanic crossing that uses both
satellite communication and satellite navigation. FANS-1/A
consists of both automatic dependent surveillance-contract
(ADS-C) and controller pilot datalink communications
FANS-1/A-equipped aircraft will be exempted from
Europe's Link 2000+ mandate, which requires aircraft operating in European airspace to be equipped for CPDLC using
VHF Digital Link (VDL) mode 2. Portions of North Atlantic
minimum navigation performance specification airspace will
Several EASA initiatives that could affect NBAA
Members operating in the EU or its territories
include flight-time limitations, FANS-1/A and
takeoff and landing performance requirements.
close to non-FANS traffic in February 2015.
TCO requirement - In July 2013, the EC adopted a
proposal for the authorization of third-country operators
(tCOs) engaged in commercial air transport in Europe. All
such operators will be required to complete a web-based
application at least 30 days prior to the planned flight in
Europe, although operators may use an "ad-hoc" application
once every 24 months. See the Regulatory Hot topics article
on page 9 of this issue to learn more about tCO authorization requirements and processes.
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