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IAOPA Europe Enews June 2024 - Welcome to the IAOPA Europe enews which goes to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent

Global GA community gathered at IAOPA World Assembly 

International members of AOPA met with aviation industry leaders, government officials and stakeholders from around the world at the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) World Assembly in Washington, D.C., from May 7-10.
The biennial event provides a valuable opportunity for the global aviation community to share insights and discuss the latest challenges, opportunities and developments affecting General Aviation and to speak with one voice to civil aviation authorities.
“We come from all over the world, with different cultures and different regulatory environments, but we are united in our mission to protect and promote general aviation,” said IAOPA President Mark Baker.
IAOPA was founded in 1962 to unite GA worldwide, and 60 years ago the organization was granted observer status with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). To this day, it is the only GA group with this status. At the 2024 World Assembly, a session titled Navigating the ICAO Standards Process explained the importance of this status, featuring IAOPA representative to ICAO Frank Hofmann; FAA Western Hemisphere Director Melvin Cintron; ICAO Deputy Director of the Capacity, Development, and Implementation Bureau Miguel Marin; and FAA Manager of the International Operations Branch Tim Shaver.
During the week-long World Assembly - the first meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic - attendees discussed a wide range of issues affecting GA and how best to move forward with the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. As an organization with more than 80 members worldwide, IAOPA uses the strength and passion of its members to pursue universal standards in safety, medical processes, pilot training and licensing, and more.
These topics included industry leaders and experts on panels and discussions during the event. Senior Aviation Medical Examiner Brent Blue, M.D.; Australia Civil Aviation Safety Authority Principal Medical Officer Kate Manderson, M.D.; and FAA Deputy Federal Air Surgeon Brett Wyrick, D.O., M.P.H., led a discussion on a proposal currently before ICAO that would create an international medical standard for private light aircraft pilots.
Unleaded fuel 
Attendees also got the latest updates on the transition to unleaded fuel with insights from General Aviation Modifications Inc. and Swift Fuels and heard about GA safety progress, with FAA Associate Administrator David Boulter bringing forward the agency's perspective. A panel of GA leadership was presented by Baker, Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association, Curt Castagna, president of the National Air Transportation Association, and Jim Viola, president of Vertical Aviation International.
The evolution of GA and the future technology of the industry were also among the major topics discussed. CubCrafters and Van's Aircraft Inc. brought the manufacturer's perspective, and uAvionix and Garmin International provided information on GA's technological advances. Greg Bowles, head of government affairs at Joby Aviation; Billy Nolen, head of safety at Archer Aviation; Matt McCardle, head of global regulatory affairs and strategy at Amazon Prime Air; and Robert Rose, CEO of Reliable Robotics, spoke about the future of advanced air mobility. And Josh Tahmasebi, head of international growth at ForeFlight, spoke about Bringing ForeFlight to the World.
'This week was an opportunity for the global GA community to unite and strengthen its shared vision to protect the freedom to fly,' said Mark Baker. 'This week's conversations helped reinforce our shared goals and reminded us of the importance of our continued collaboration.'
Several individuals received awards in recognition of their continued commitment, leadership and service to the international GA community. Distinguished Service awards were presented to Jaime Fabrega, vice president of IAOPA region South America; Michael Erb, vice president of IAOPA region Europe; and Hofmann, IAOPA representative to ICAO. Andrew Anderson, vice president of IAOPA Pacific Region, received the first-ever Mark R. Baker International Leadership Award.
The coalition concluded the week by celebrating the history and accomplishments of the GA industry by attending the National Celebration of General Aviation D.C. Flyover on May 11. 

The decision on the phase-out of Avgas 100LL is getting closer

What is currently happening in the USA and Europe on the matter? There is no doubt that the time of leaded Avgas 100LL is coming to an end. On the one hand, there are  environmental arguments against it, and on the other hand, there is only one manufacturer of the lead-containing additive tetra-ethyl lead (TEL) left in the world, and it is most likely no longer willing to invest in new plants in view of steadily declining sales volumes. The risk for our global industry in the event of the failure of this one manufacturer's production plant is enormous.

During the IAOPA World Assembly in Washington in May 2024, participants from all over the world were able to hear directly from FAA Director Bruce DeCleene how the authorities in the USA envisage the transition to 100-octane unleaded avgas. The transition is to take place by 2030 at the latest, or even earlier as soon as unleaded avgas is ready for introduction on the market. The two FAA-funded programs PAFI (Piston Engine Aviation Fuels Initiative) and EAGLE (Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions) are moving towards their goal.

It was also exciting to hear from the three remaining competitors from the mineral oil industry about how they are positioning themselves for the market launch, which is obviously about securing pole position in the US market, which dominates in terms of volume. Only once this has been secured will the introduction of the fuel in Europe, the second largest market, and elsewhere be considered.

One thing is clear: only one supplier will remain on the market, the fastest. The other two will probably have to write off their investments. There is currently a debate as to whether GAMI's fuel is actually ready for the market. GAMI co-founder George Braly has put it this way: We have the STC for all aircraft types, we have full tanks in our refinery and we can start delivering tomorrow. However, the two GAMI competitors, who will probably still need a few months before their fuels are approved, point out that there are still unresolved issues with GAMI avgas, for example in connection with airfield tanks and fuel trucks, which would prevent an immediate market launch.

All IAOPA representatives agree that lead in our fuel must go, but also that a continuous fuel supply is essential for our industry in the critical transition phase to a lead-free alternative. A corresponding resolution entitled “Supporting the Implementation of Unleaded Avgas”, which calls for international coordination of the authorities, was introduced by AOPA-Germany and adopted unanimously at the IAOPA World Assembly.

In Europe, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), based in Helsinki, will decide in June 2024 on the applications of the three companies Shell, Trafigura/Puma and Warter to continue blending the additive TEL. The aim of these companies is to continue producing Avgas 100LL in Europe until lead-free avgas alternatives become available. If their requests are granted, we can expect an orderly transition to unleaded avgas.

In order to achieve this goal, we as IAOPA, together with the GAMA and Europe Air Sports associations, have repeatedly and clearly stated our position to the ECHA in the public hearings and also forwarded the IAOPA resolution at short notice. However, if these industry requests are not granted by the ECHA, Avgas 100LL would no longer be allowed to be produced in Europe from May 2025, although imports would still be possible and feasible despite logistical difficulties. Industry insiders tell us that there were phases a few decades ago when Avgas 100LL was imported directly from the USA to Europe. This would be possible again, but would unfortunately be associated with a price increase, and the environment would not be helped by the additional transportation routes.

New Executive Director for EASA

Florian Guillermet is the successor of Luc Tytgat as the new Executive Director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.  Guillermet moves to EASA directly from France’s DSNA, where he had served as Director Air Navigation Services since June 2021. He headed the 7,000-person organisation with full accountability for the delivery of its services and the smooth running of its operations.

Guillermet brings extensive leadership experience from various organizations in the aviation sector. He has worked in aviation for 26 years, including top level management posts in France and in European Union aviation organizations.  

‘My ambition is to take EASA to the next level, making it a modern organization fit for the digital age, while ensuring the highest standards of civil aviation safety and environmental protection are met across the entire aviation ecosystem,’ Guillermet said. ‘While the Agency’s core role is as a regulator, I want to build strong relationships with stakeholders, in Europe and globally, to ensure all air travel is safe for every EU citizen.
‘I look forward to channeling the undoubted expertise of EASA’s staff to achieving these goals in a positive and inclusive multicultural working environment.’ 

During his 26 years working in the aviation sector, Florian Guillermet has held top-level management posts at aviation organizations in France and the European Union. In addition to extensive leadership experience, he has acquired profound knowledge of many aviation domains, particularly safety and Air Traffic Management (ATM).

Guillermet moved to EASA directly from France’s DSNA, where he served as Director Air Navigation Services since June 2021. Prior to that, he was Executive Director at SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR-JU), leading the delivery of performance improvements in ATM safety, capacity, efficiency, and its environmental impact.
He held various positions at Eurocontrol from 2003 to 2011, ranging from system developments to operational service delivery. His earlier work experience involved various aviation roles in France.




New Garmin databases for Europe

Garmin has developed a new navigation database for Europe, which also provides a solution for keeping your European databases up to date. With a variety of options, Garmin allows you to choose navigation data and any database for your compatible avionics. The updated database includes airports, runways, waypoints and more. The Garmin navigation database for Europe is available for most Garmin avionics including handheld devices and includes coverage for more than 35 countries.

Adaptation of flight plan obligation for VFR flights within the Schengen area

AOPA Netherlands proposed to abolish the obligation to submit a flight plan for flights to surrounding countries in certain cases. That request has been honored. The relevant regulations will be amended.

You can, of course, decide to submit a flight plan anyway. There may be good reasons for doing so. The following is described about this in the decision:  Where no flight plan is required, it remains a recommendation to submit a flight plan if one wishes to use flight intelligence or alerting services to facilitate a SAR operation.

No flight plan is required for VFR flights to or from a State within the Schengen area unless: a. the relevant state has a flight plan requirement for VFR flights; b. the flight crosses the airspace of a state outside the Schengen area; or c. submission of a flight plan is required by paragraph SERA.4001, part b, subparts 1, 3, 4 and 6, of Regulation (EU) No. 923/2012.

Schengen countries are Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden, as well as the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores.

STOL EASA certification for Tecnam P2012

Tecnam has received STOL EASA certification for the P2012.  For steep approaches up to 10°.
Designed specifically for short takeoff and landing operations, the P2012 STOL aircraft is tailored to operate from airfields and airstrips characterized by extremely short runways and extreme operational constraints. The P2012 STOL is the only twin-engine Short Take-Off and Landing aircraft that meets the latest certification changes. It offers a maximum gross weight of 3680 kg with a payload of 1191 kg while maintaining a modern design, a wide and comfortable cabin and 11 seats.

Cabin entry and accommodation is enhanced by a wide single entry door and a central aisle; in addition, there is a private window for each of the 9 individual passengers.The aircraft's multi-mission capabilities allow the STOL configuration to convert from passenger transport to cargo, combi or air ambulance within minutes, to provide health care and relief and serve communities worldwide.
The cockpit is equipped with the latest technology, including as standard an advanced G1000 NXi avionic system, a specially tuned GFC700 autopilot and ADS-B IN/OUT. An active and connected cockpit (Bluetooth, flight stream, Iridium) and a toolbox of modern tools (Wx radar, storm scope, inset map, Synthetic Vision™) are provided to reduce workload and fatigue while increasing mission safety and effectiveness.

With its impressive performance on short fields and now 10-degree approach certification, there is no inaccessible runway for the latest P2012 STOL.

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