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April issue of GA Magazine is out

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EU Commission proposal: major changes for Aviation Regalution

The EU Commission has proposed major changes to the Basic Regulation that governs aviation regulation within the EU. IAOPA is currently reviewing the extensive proposal which will have a significant impact on all sectors of aviation. Among other things the definitions of 'Commercial Operation' and 'Complex Aircraft' will be removed the basic regulation. If and how these terms will survive in implementing rules is not yet clear. Interested members are more than welcome to email comments to iaopa@iaopa.eu so they can be taken into account when forming an IAOPA position.

Click here to download the proposal

Click here to download annexes to the proposal

 

Presentations and resolutions from the IAOPA World Assembly in Beijing

Presentation and resolution from the IAOPA World Assembly in Beijing, September 2014 and supporting documents:

When Safety Regulation works against Safety - lessons from Europe

European GA Safety Strategy

ICAO Annex 6, Part II

Adopted Resolutions

EU Parliament adopts GA friendly resolution

The European Parliament has given general aviation its biggest boost in modern times with the adoption of a resolution which guides the EC and member states to adopt a raft of principles which would preserve, foster and promote GA across Europe. Resolution 2008/2134(INI) sets out the importance of keeping legislation in proportion, recognising the differences between CAT and GA in setting fees and charges, ensuring that GA has access to airports and airspace and accepting that GA has a vital role to play in Europe's transport infrastructure.

The resolution, adopted by a huge margin - 524 votes in favour, 74 against and six abstentions - now forms the basis of the European Commission's approach to general aviation. The Commission is in turn the boss of EASA, which will find it very difficult to ignore the new landscape for GA. In addition, national AOPAs can now use it in negotiations with their own CAAs to ensure that GA is treated fairly.

The full document can be seen by clicking on this link. It includes 35 clauses, each of which represents a major breakthrough for GA, addressing nearly every major issue impacting on general aviation today; access to airfields and airspace, proportionality in regulation and charges and appropriate technology requirements. It calls on the EC to recognise the important role that GA plays in the training of professional pilots.

The resolution had its genesis in a meeting four years ago between European Aviation Commissioner Daniel Calleja di Crespo and a three-man IAOPA delegation at which the need for action on European legislation affecting GA was discussed. MEPs like Timothy Kirkhope from the UK and Arunas Degutis from Lithuania, both pilots, have been active in canvassing support. IAOPA is having the document translated into every European language and distributed to authorities across the continent.

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