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Introduction

Aviation Regulations Updates is the industry's most comprehensive source of up-to-date European aviation regulatory information.

Updated monthly, Aviation Regulations Updates keeps you up-to-date with recent and proposed changes to EU Regulations and EASA Agency Measures relating to air operations and airworthiness. In addition, we also review and highlight information published by the UK CAA where relevant.

Material is reviewed and articles added as soon as practicable after publication by EASA, the European Commission, or the UK CAA, as applicable.


Latest Updates


EASA Technical Publications

Easy Access Rules for Air Operations – now available online as a free download

The merged and easy-to-read document includes:

Easy Access Rules for Air operations

  • the Air Operations Implementing Regulation EU 965/2012 including all its amending regulations up to EU 2018/394
  • all respective Acceptable Means of Compliance/Guidance Material (AMC/GM)
  • CS-FTL.1.

Click here to download your copy >>


Easy Access Rules for Initial Airworthiness – now available online as a free download

EASA Initial Airworthiness

Easy Access Rules for Part-21, Airworthiness and Environmental Certification. This document includes the Implementing Acts(IA) and the Acceptable Means of Compliance/Guidance Material (AMC/GM) in a merged, easy-to-read format. It will be updated within a certain time period after each substantial change to the IA and/or AMC&GM.

Click here to download your copy >>


Easy Access Rules for Part-M, Continuing Airworthiness

EASA Continuing Airworthiness

This document includes the Implementing Acts (IA) and the Acceptable Means of Compliance/Guidance Material (AMC/GM) in a merged, easy-to-read format. It will be updated within a certain time period after each substantial change to the IA and/or AMC&GM.

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16/08/2021   EASA General Updates - August 2021

  1. Introduction

EASA Covid 19 Updates

Whilst the Covid 19 pandemic continues to cause large scale disruption within the aviation industry EASA is continuously devising methods to ensure that operations can continue as normal as possible while remaining safe and the Agency recognises there are significant matters that need to be tackled. EASA remains fully committed to meet the needs of the industry so that aviation can remain operational and safe for everyone.

The links below provide links to all EASA (multiple domain) coronavirus-related information.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/the-agency/coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.easa.europa.eu/easa-covid-19-resources

https://www.easa.europa.eu/covid-19-references

https://www.easa.europa.eu/aviation-industry-charter-covid-19


1st June 2021

 EASA publishes guidelines on Maintenance of ATCO skills in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-guidelines-maintenance-atco-skills-relation-covid-19

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published an updated Review of Aviation Safety Issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This document highlights that “Skills and Knowledge Degradation” is one of the most important topics for the attention of aviation operators during the ramp-up of operations over the coming months.

Earlier in the pandemic a post about this subject from a general perspective was published on the Air Ops Community Site. As operations ramp up, and in consultation with its stakeholders, the Agency  published more specific guidelines on maintaining skills for Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs).

 

 

2nd June 2021

EASA publishes Guidance on ICAO Targeted Exemptions notification process

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-guidance-icao-targeted-exemptions-notification-process

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published Guidance on the implementation of the ICAO Targeted Exemptions notification process.

This document supports the EASA Member States in fulfilling their obligation as ICAO Contracting States with respect to the new system of Targeted Exemptions, which are tightly scoped and time limited State-issued exemptions to a specified subset of Standards, granted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new system, which became applicable on June 30, 2021, will ensure that other ICAO Contracting States:
Will recognise or accept the validity of certificates and licenses affected by the special temporary measures (i.e. COVID-19 exemptions) granted by EASA Member States’ civil aviation authorities; and accept flights using such exemptions within their territory.

 

17th June 2021

EASA/ECDC updates air travel guidelines to factor in vaccination and latest scientific evidence

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/press-releases/easaecdc-updates-air-travel-guidelines-factor-vaccination-and

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today issued a new version of the Aviation Health Safety Protocol providing clear operational guidance and risk-based recommendations for health-safe air travel to complement the European Union’s initiatives, such as the EU Digital COVID Certificates.

The new version of the document takes into account new evidence and information such as the circulation of variants of concern (VOCs) and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programmes. The new version  also emphasises  the need to keep non-pharmaceutical measures in place – such as the wearing of medical face masks, hygiene measures and physical distancing. It is intended to provide support to national authorities in the Member States and to aviation stakeholders and is based on the latest scientific evidence, epidemiological situation and policy developments.

“We have reached a significant milestone in the pandemic: a real change in approach that can allow travellers to fly again without worrying excessively that the rules may change at short notice, complicating their journey or making it impossible,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. “The industry – and passengers – have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Thanks to the expert epidemiological input from ECDC we are confident that this protocol offers practical and pragmatic guidelines for health-safe travel.”

 

12th July 2021

EASA updates Safety Directives for cleaning and disinfection of aircraft in COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-updates-safety-directives-cleaning-and-disinfection-aircraft-covid-19

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued updates to two Safety Directives relating to cleaning and disinfection of aircraft for operations in the current stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The updated documents (EASA SD 2021-04 and EASA SD 2021-05) are based on assessment of the evidence and data collected during the past year as well as the current epidemiological situation.

The Safety Directives mandate operators to fully clean and disinfect aircraft at least once every seven days – or more frequently if deemed necessary on the basis of the operator’s risk assessment based on the incidence rates in accordance with the criteria set in the Council Recommendation 2020/1475, as last updated, and variants of concern (VOCs) circulation in the territories where the aircraft is operated. The risk assessment should also take account of other mitigation measures in place (e.g. mandatory negative testing before boarding, use of vaccination/recovery certificates in the form of Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent, duration of the disinfecting effects of the substances used).

This risk-based approach incorporates the recent evidence and allows the operators and national competent authorities to customise the cleaning activities appropriately.

Operators are also mandated to clean and disinfect the aircraft after transporting a passenger or crew member exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 once they have received confirmation of having had a positive case on board.

These SDs supersede EASA SD 2020-03 and EASA SD 2020-04.

 

23rd July 2021

EASA updates Safety Information Bulletin in relation to aircraft stored due to the COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-updates-safety-information-bulletin-relation-aircraft-stored-due

EASA updated Safety Information Bulletin SIB 2020-14 which is addressed to continuing airworthiness management organisations (CAMOs), maintenance organisations (MOs), and competent national airworthiness authorities (NAAs) in relation to aircraft that have been stored due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SIB provides recommendations for cleaning and inspecting the pitot static system during the return back to service of aircraft, along with recommendations for oversight. It should be read in conjunction with the EASA Guidance on ‘Return to service of aircraft from storage in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic’.

https://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2020-14R1

 

29th July 2021

EASA published guidelines for return to service of aircraft from storage in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-published-guidelines-return-service-aircraft-storage-relation-covid-0

In order to support the safe return to normal operations (RNO) and to supplement the already published FAQs in continuing airworthiness, EASA has developed the guidelines for de-storage aircraft with the support of industry and national competent authorities.

This document raises awareness of possible hazards and suggest mitigations following the potential risks of aircraft returning to service after storage, emphasising the need to consider the particularities of each case and the communication with the relevant organisations and competent authorities.

Issue 3 addresses the additional identified risk of Lavatory Fire Extinguishing Bottles found discharged on aircraft parked/stored for a prolonged period of time in a High-Temperature Environment


 

  1. EASA General & Generic Updates

 

28th May 2021

EASA publishes guidance on AloSP, Safety Performance Management and Safety Assurance

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-guidance-alosp-safety-performance-management-and-safety

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published guidance on the Acceptable Level of Safety Performance (ALoSP), Safety Performance Management and Safety Assurance.

ICAO Annex 19 requires the ICAO contracting states to establish the acceptable level of safety performance (ALoSP) to be achieved through their aviation State Safety Programmes (SSP).  This ALoSP can be achieved through the implementation and maintenance of the SSP as well as safety performance indicators and targets showing that safety is effectively managed.

States that have embarked on the SSP implementation have encountered challenges with implementing ALoSP. In addition, in Europe, the context must consider the overall objectives set out in the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) stemming from Regulation (EU) 1139/2018, which focuses on a level of safety performance to be achieved at Union level.

This paper thus provides guidelines on the (acceptable) level of safety performance and its implementation at national level within the European context. It primarily addresses the Member States, but it further elaborates on the relationship between the State and the Organisations, to collaboratively achieve defined safety objectives. Greater clarity on the concept of Safety Performance management (SPM) and Safety Assurance is given, particularly on how it should be implemented in practice at State and Industry level.

 

2nd June 2021

 EASA issues Safety Directive calling on Member States to mandate avoidance of Belarus airspace

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-issues-safety-directive-calling-member-states-mandate-avoidance

 The European Union Aviation Safety Agency issued Safety Directive 2021-02, calling on the National Competent Authorities in EASA member states to instruct aircraft operators with their principal place of business in their territories that conducting operations in Belarus airspace (FIR Minsk) is no longer allowed, unless required for safe operations in unforeseen circumstances.

The safety objective of the SD, which was published in consultation with the EASA Member States and the European Commission, is to reduce the potential risk to passengers and crews that could arise from operations in this airspace. This follows the incident involving Ryanair flight FR4978 on May 23, 2021. The SD will be reviewed as circumstances require and in any case at intervals of no more than one month.

The NCAs are required to put these measures in place within two days of the effective date of the SD and to inform EASA of the steps taken.

EASA had earlier issued a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) with respect to operations in Belarus airspace. The SIB has the status of a recommendation directly to operators, whereas the SD recommends mandatory action by the National Competent Authorities for those operators.

On the 4th June EASA stated Regrettably the Safety Directive, introduced for the safety of passengers and crews, brings additional cost and work for the airlines, many of which are represented by IATA.

However, safety remains a key driver of the activities and the mission of EASA in providing safe air travel for EU citizens in Europe and worldwide.

 

11th June 2021

EASA publishes Opinion on “Management of information security risks”

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/press-releases/easa-publishes-opinion-management-information-security-risks

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published an Opinion on Management of Information Security Risks, aimed at safeguarding the entire civil aviation system against potential safety effects caused by cyberattacks.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/opinions/opinion-032021

As information systems become more and more interconnected and are increasingly the target of malicious acts (whether directly or indirectly), the risks of such attacks, events and incidents in civil aviation are constantly increasing. The proposed new rules will make the aviation system more resilient to these information security events.

“Such attacks typically target the weakest link in the chain,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. “We need to take a holistic view to guard against situations where one weak link can compromise the entire aviation system. This Opinion is an important milestone in mitigating these emerging and growing risks.”

The Opinion defines ways to identify and manage information security risks which could affect communication technology systems and data used for civil aviation purposes, and so in turn have an impact on aviation safety. In particular, it proposes the introduction of an information security management system (ISMS) for the competent authorities - including EASA - and for organisations in all aviation domains and requires them to report incidents and vulnerabilities related to information security.

This ISMS will complement the existing management systems which these organisations and authorities already have in place.

In an indication of its breadth, the scope of organisations covered by the Opinion is listed out as follows: production and design organisations, air operators, maintenance organisations, continuing airworthiness management organisations (CAMOs), training organisations, aero-medical centres, operators of flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), air traffic management/air navigation services (ATM/ANS) providers, U-space service providers and single common information service providers, aerodrome operators and apron management service providers.

The proposed provisions include high-level, performance-based requirements, and will be supported by acceptable means of compliance (AMC), guidance material (GM), and industry standards.

The proposed measures should contribute to the creation of a seamless and consistent regulatory framework where the interfaces between security and safety are appropriately covered, and where special attention is paid to avoiding gaps, loopholes and duplications with other information security and cybersecurity requirements, such as those contained in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 and in the national requirements stemming from Directive (EU) 2016/1148 (NIS Directive).

 

15th June 2021

 EASA published the summary of SAFE360

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-published-summary-safe360

 On June 8-10, 2021 EASA hosted the virtual SAFE360° conference that brought together over 2,000 industry experts to identify practical solutions to the most important safety issues faced by the industry today. The conference consisted of high-level and 360° panels as well as number of safety workshops and specialist break-out sessions.

You can download the full summary of the conference at the above link. You can also keep in touch with the latest on all the safety issues on the Air Ops Community Site.

 

 21st June 2021

New EU-South Asia Aviation Partnership Project launched

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/new-eu-south-asia-aviation-partnership-project-launched

A new EU-South Asia Partnership Project (EU-SA APP II) was launched on June 15, 2021 for a 3-year period, following signing of the contract by EASA Executive Director of EASA, Mr Patrick Ky.

The project aims at strengthening institutional relations and cooperation between the EU and the aviation authorities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while supporting the implementation of aviation agreements and the sharing of best practices to promote EU standards. One objective is to raise awareness for environmental protection efforts to encourage climate action in the region.
At the same time the project will facilitate a more secure, compatible and less restricted access for European industry to the regional markets through promoting industrial exchanges to support EU competitiveness in the region.

 

24th June 2021

EASA issues first approval for defined drone operations to Volocopter

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/press-releases/easa-issues-first-approval-defined-drone-operations-volocopter

 The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has issued the first certificate in a new scheme under which drone manufacturers or operators can request the Agency’s design verification for a drone to be used for a particular purpose. The first such certificate was awarded to Volocopter for its VC200-2.

A design verification report approves a drone for a particular type of usage, meaning that any European operator may apply to the national aviation authority for an operational authorisation in the specific category to conduct that activity with such drone, without the need for further additional verification from EASA. This process was outlined in EASA guidelines for the design verification of drones published on April 8, 2021.

Volocopter applied on May 31, 2021 for the design verification of its enhanced containment function for the VC200-2. With the certificate, the drone can now be operated in a clearly delimited low-risk area, even if this zone is located close to an area where drone operations are at higher risk, such as a city or sports stadium.

 

8th July 2021

EASA continues to support aviation industry in the development of safe VTOL aircraft

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-continues-support-aviation-industry-development-safe-vtol-aircraft#group-easa-related-content

EASA invites authorities, industry and stakeholders to take part once more in a consultation process, now related to the second publication of Means of Compliance (MoC) with the Special Condition for VTOL.

EASA’s objective of the consultation is to provide visibility on the content and on the range of flexibility which allows to address different architectures and design concepts for VTOL.

After the completion of the first publication in May 2021, this complementary set of proposed MOC should also enable an equal treatment of all applicants, by establishing a level playing field and ensuring that a comparable level of safety in the compliance with the objectives of the Special Condition is achieved by all designs.

It will allow the industry to gain an early insight into EASA’s interpretation and expectations from the design objectives of the Special Condition and also offer opportunities to seek clarification of the proposed MoC.

To take part in the consultation, please visit our ‘Special Condition for VTOL and Means of Compliance’ page, where you will find the necessary documents in the Downloads section. Closure of the commenting phase will be on August 30, 2021.

 

14th July 2021

European Commission publishes ‘Fit for 55’ legislative package

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/european-commission-publishes-fit-55-legislative-package

On July 14, 2021, the European Commission published its much anticipated ‘Fit for 55’ legislative package.

As part of this legislative package, the European Commission has proposed a legislation to support the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF): ReFuelEU Aviation.

If this legislative proposal is adopted, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will be mandated with several monitoring and reporting tasks to ensure that aircraft operators and fuel suppliers comply with the ReFuelEU Aviation reporting obligations. Annual reports provided by EASA will give an overview of the state of the market, including price information, and trends in sustainable aviation fuel production in the European Union and consumption at European Union level.

Aircraft operators might report directly to EASA on difficulties in accessing SAF at a given European Union airport for lack of adequate airport infrastructure, which will enable EASA to assess the situation and inform the European Commission on EU airports that do not fulfil their obligations. The overall goal of the ReFuelEU Aviation initiative is to set out harmonised rules at European Union level, to maintain a competitive level playing field, to increase the uptake of SAF by operators and the increase distribution at Union airports. With the vision to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and to reduce emissions by 55% in 2030, the comprehensive package covers a number of initiatives linked to the European Green Deal’s climate actions.

 

15th July 2021

Save the date for 2021 EASA Annual Safety Conference

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/save-date-2021-easa-annual-safety-conference-0

Save the date for this year’s EASA Annual Safety Conference scheduled for November 10, 2021 with the focus on “Safety in Air Traffic Management”.

The one-day virtual event is organised in cooperation with the Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council and in partnership with Eurocontrol. Visit the dedicated events page to find out more about how to register. There is no registration fee. Further information on the agenda will be published early September.

 

5th August 2021

The EASA Annual Safety Review 2021 is now available!

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-annual-safety-review-2021-now-available

Despite the extraordinary challenges created by the pandemic, the EASA Annual Safety Review 2021 shows that the aviation safety system remains resilient but under pressure. The overall safety picture for EASA Member States is relatively stable. As activity ramps up with the loosening of COVID-related restrictions, the situation must be closely monitored.

This edition of the Annual Safety Review is unusual. The normal annual process of safety performance monitoring compares the review year’s safety figures with those of the previous 5 to 10 years. Due to the unique situation in 2020, it is much more difficult to make a review and draw definitive conclusions about the safety performance of the European aviation system. Some trends will have to be monitored over the next few years as the impact and recovery path from the pandemic become clearer.

For the remainder of 2021 particularly, the aviation sector and all its stakeholders will need to continue their effort to find a common path towards a safe and sustainable recovery. EASA stands ready to play a central part in this joint activity.


 

  1. Initial Airworthiness

 

16th June 2021

 EASA publishes Decision to improve rotorcraft safety

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-decision-improve-rotorcraft-safety

In a further step to improve rotorcraft safety by mitigating the risk of human error at the design stage and to better support the investigation of rotorcraft accidents and incidents, EASA published ED Decision 2021/010/R.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/agency-decisions/ed-decision-2021010r

The introduction of systematic considerations related to Human Factors during the rotorcraft design process is expected to reduce the risk of design-related errors attributable to human factors that may lead to or contribute to an accident or incident.

With reference to investigation of rotorcraft accidents and incidents, certification specifications and acceptable means of compliance (AMCs) have been created or amended to:

  • support compliance with the operational rules requiring the recording of data link communications,
  • improve the serviceability of flight recorders and the audio quality of cockpit voice recorders (CVR) recordings, ensuring a better data analysis related to accidents or incidents.

 

6th July 2021

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1088

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R1088

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1088 of 7 April 2021 amending Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 as regards updating the references to the environmental protection requirements (Text with EEA relevance)

 

7th July 2021

 EASA publishes Easy Access Rules for Large Aeroplanes (CS-25) (Amendments: 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26)

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-easy-access-rules-large-aeroplanes-cs-25-amendments-22-23

 

14th July 2021

ED Decision 2021/011/R - Implementation of the latest CAEP amendments to ICAO Annex 16 Volumes I, II, and III — CAEP/11

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/agency-decisions/ed-decision-2021011r

 Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1087 amending Article 9(2) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 was adopted on 7 April 2021. This amendment incorporates the latest amendments to Volumes I, II and III of Annex 16 to the Chicago Convention to align the European Union (EU) regulatory framework with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1088, amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 748/2012, was adopted by the European Commission on 7 April 2021. This amendment aligns the certification procedures for environmental protection with Volumes I, II and III of Annex 16 to the Chicago Convention.

The objective of this Decision is to support the application of these two Regulations by also aligning the related acceptable means of compliance (AMC) & guidance material (GM) and certifications specifications (CS) with the latest amended ICAO SARPs in Volumes I, II and III of Annex 16 to the Chicago Convention as well as with the guidance material in the related ICAO Doc 9501 Environmental Technical Manual (ETM).

To achieve the above-mentioned objective, this Decision amends the AMC & GM to Part 21, CS-34, CS-36 and CS-CO2.

The amendments are expected to ensure a high uniform level of environmental protection and to provide a level playing field for all actors in the aviation market.

 

 15th July 2021

EASA releases Easy Access Rules for CS-25 (Amendment 26) as dynamic online publication

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-releases-easy-access-rules-cs-25-amendment-26-dynamic-online

 

 22nd July 2021

Info-Session on new certification specifications addressing Human Factors in rotorcraft design

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/info-session-new-certification-specifications-addressing-human-factors

 EASA is organising an info session on new certification specifications addressing Human Factors in Rotorcraft design, following through on the explanatory note included in the ED Decision on this. The session has the following objectives:

  • Ensure that all the affected stakeholders have an adequate understanding of the aim of the new certification specification and of the associated means of compliance and guidance material.
  • Share with the affected stakeholders the EASA expectations, common errors, and best practices.
  • Allow affected stakeholders to raise questions to facilitate the implementation phase.

This info session will be conducted via webex and will be split into two half-days.


 

  1. Continuing Airworthiness

 

 1st July 2021

 EASA publishes updates to Easy Access Rules for Continuing Airworthiness

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-updates-easy-access-rules-air-operations-and-continuing

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published the updated Easy Access Rules for Continuing Airworthiness (Revision from July 2021).

 

12th July 2021

AMC/GM to Part-T - Issue 1

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/acceptable-means-of-compliance-and-guidance-materials/amcgm-part-t-issue-1


 

  1. Air Operations, Aircrew and Medical

 

31st May 2021

 ED Decision 2021/008/R - Amendment of requirements for flight recorders and underwater locating devices — Certification specifications, acceptable means of compliance, and guidance material for locating an aircraft in distress

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/agency-decisions/ed-decision-2021008r

The objective of this Decision is to facilitate the implementation of point CAT.GEN.MPA.210 ‘Location of an aircraft in distress — Aeroplanes’ of Annex IV (Part-CAT) to Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 (‘Air OPS Regulation’).

This Decision amends certification specifications (CSs), acceptable means of compliance (AMC), and guidance material (GM), to support the implementation of point CAT.GEN.MPA.210. The scope of this Decision includes air operations (Air OPS), initial airworthiness (IAW), and air traffic management (ATM).

The amendments are expected to increase safety as they will facilitate locating an accident scene. This will increase the chances of rescuing accident survivors, and accelerate the collection of evidence that is necessary for determining the accident causes. In addition, these amendments are expected to ensure consistency with the existing requirements on flight recorders, emergency locator transmitters (ELTs), and low-frequency (8.8 kHz) underwater locating devices (ULDs).

 

1st July 2021

 EASA launches European Aero-Medical Repository (EAMR)

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-launches-european-aero-medical-repository-eamr

 The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) launched the European Aero-Medical Repository (EAMR), adding an additional tool to enhance flight safety by allowing traceability of commercial pilots’ medical certificates. The repository is intended to help aero-medical examiners (AMEs) to fulfil their obligations and provides support to the National authorities with their oversight and administrative work in the field of aviation medicine for commercial aviation.

Following the Germanwings accident both the Germanwings Task Force led by EASA and the French Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'analyses pour la sécurité de l'Aviation civile (BEA) recommended to find a balance between medical confidentiality and public safety and to create a European aeromedical data repository to facilitate the sharing of aeromedical information and tackle the issue of pilot non-declaration.

The EAMR enables aero-medical examiners (AMEs), aero-medical centres (AeMCs) and medical assessors (MAs) of EASA Member States’ National Competent Authorities (NCAs) to exchange information regarding the medical certification of commercial pilots.

AMEs, AeMCs and the MAs of the NCAs can access information on commercial pilots’ medical certificates and any historical changes to the status of these medical certificates, as well as a minimal set of data to allow positive identification of the applicant, while respecting patient confidentiality and ensuring protection of personal data. In accordance with ARA.MED.160 Exchange of information on medical certificates through a central repository, the NCAs, AMEs and AeMCs shall use the EAMR to exchange medical certificate information.

 

3rd August 2021

Comment Response Documents 2018-06 (and subparts), 2020-02, 2019-08 and 2019-09 ref AWOPS issued

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/comment-response-documents

 

 5th August 2021

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1296

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/regulations/commission-implementing-regulation-eu-20211296

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1296 of 4 August 2021 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 as regards the requirements for fuel/energy planning and management, and as regards requirements on support programmes and psychological assessment of flight crew, as well as testing of psychoactive substances

Related Opinion 02/2020

https://www.easa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/dfu/easa_opinion_no_02-2020.docx.pdf

 

6th July 2021

 EASA publishes updates to Easy Access Rules for Air Operations

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-updates-easy-access-rules-air-operations-and-continuing

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published the updated Easy Access Rules for Air Operations (Revision 15)

 

16th July 2021

 Airspace of Iran

https://www.easa.europa.eu/domains/air-operations/czibs/czib-2020-01r2


 

  1. EU Aviation Rule Structure

 

6th July 2021

 Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1087

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/regulations/commission-delegated-regulation-eu-20211087

 Update to the EASA Basic Regulation

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1087 of 7 April 2021 amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 of the European Parliament and of the Council, as regards updating the references to the provisions of the Chicago Convention (Text with EEA relevance)


 

  1. Regulatory Authorities

 

  1. Third Country Operators

 

  1. Unmanned Airborne Systems

14th July 2021

NPA 2021-09 - Regular update of the AMC and GM to Regulation (EU) 2019/947 on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/notices-of-proposed-amendment/npa-2021-09

The objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to maintain a high level of safety for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in the ‘open’ and ‘specific’ categories.

This NPA proposes to amend some of the existing, and introduce new, acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) to Regulation (EU) 2019/947 on the rules and procedures for the operation of UASs, as follows:

  • new AMC and GM for the definition of ‘geographical zones’;
  • revised forms for the application and issue of operational authorisations in the ‘specific’ category;
  • new AMC defining the procedure to be applied by UAS operators and the competent authorities for cross-border operations, including the related forms;
  • new AMC and GM for the standard scenarios (STSs);
  • new AMC to comply with the mitigations requirements and meet the operational safety objectives (OSOs) that are defined in the specific operations risk assessment (SORA);
  • new AMC that provide the syllabus for training modules for remote pilots that operate in the ‘specific’ category; and
  • revision of the AMC following feedback received from national aviation authorities (NAAs) and UAS operators.

In particular, the AMC and GM for the geographical zones are the outcome of the UAS Geographical Zones Task Force (TF) which was established based on the input of the MAB providing procedures and guidelines for Member States (MSs) to create zones in order to protect areas where the safety, security or privacy risk is higher.

Both the amended and the new AMC and GM are expected to maintain safety as regards UAS operations in the ‘open’ and ‘specific’ categories, and increase the harmonisation of UAS operations across the European Union by providing a consistent and correct interpretation of the regulatory material.

 

16th July 2021

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1166

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/regulations/commission-implementing-regulation-eu-20211166

 Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1166 of 15 July 2021 issued amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 as regards postponing the date of application for standard scenarios for operations executed in or beyond the visual line of sight


  1. Ground Handling

 

  1. Aerodromes

 

29th June 2021

EASA publishes multiple updates to Easy Access Rules for Aerodromes

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-multiple-update-easy-access-rules-aerodromes

EASA published the updated Easy Access Rules for Aerodromes (Revision from June 2021).

These consolidated, up-to-date rules are displayed in an easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks and are for free download from the EASA website.

The Revision from June 2021 is updated with the implementing rules (IRs), acceptable means of compliance (AMC), guidance material (GM), and certification specifications (CSs) for aerodromes regarding the provision of apron management services, runway safety, and aeronautical data by incorporating Regulations (EU) 2020/469(EU) 2020/1234, and (EU) 2020/2148, as well as ED Decisions 2020/021/R2021/003/R, and 2021/004/R.


 

  1. ATM/ANS

 

24th June 2021

NPA 2021-08 - Enhanced mobility options and streamlined qualifications for air traffic controllers

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/notices-of-proposed-amendment/npa-2021-08

This Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) proposes enhanced mobility options for instructors, assessors and student air traffic controllers (ATCOs), facilitates licensing in cases of dynamic cross-border sectorisation (e.g. FINEST project), proposes simplification of the ATCO rating and rating endorsement structure and updates the ATCO basic and rating training syllabi.

These proposed amendments contribute to responding to the recommendations of the Wise Persons Group, when calling for the revision of the current requirements governing ATCO licensing and training. They create a less fragmented qualification system and thus enable the application of more harmonised European training standards, hence allowing more flexibility in the use of the ATCO resources. Clarifications stemming from implementation feedback and alignment with Regulation (EU) 2017/373 (ATM/ANS Regulation) are also considered.

The simplified rating and rating endorsement system, as well as the guidance material on the use of the ICAO location indicator in the unit endorsement should ease the licence administration for both air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and competent authorities. The ATCO initial training will be streamlined and potentially shortened; the number of training courses reduced. Training organisations will need to update their training courses, but they will in the long term gain benefits from the more flexible use of resources, including the involvement of instructors and assessors. Competent authorities will also benefit from the alignment of the authority requirements with the ones in the ATM/ANS Regulation.

This main sub-NPA is accompanied by six sub-NPAs containing the updated initial training content.

 

1st July 2021

EASA updates the Easy Access Rules for Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services (Regulation (EU) 2017/373)

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-updates-easy-access-rules-air-traffic-managementair-navigation

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published the updated Easy Access Rules for Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services (ATM/ANS) (Revision from July 2021).

These consolidated, up-to-date rules are displayed in an easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks and are downloadable for free from the EASA website.

The Easy Access Rules for ATM/ANS are updated with ED Decision 2021/008/R amending the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) to Part-CNS of Regulation (EU) 2017/373. A new AMC introduces the conditions that apply to surveillance providers providing the transmission service for locating an aircraft in distress. The amendments are expected to improve safety as they will facilitate locating an accident scene.


 

  1. Balloons & Sailplanes

 

  1. SERA

 


03/02/2021   EASA General Updates - February 2021

  1. Introduction

 EASA Covid 19 Updates

Whilst the Covid 19 pandemic continues to cause mayhem within the aviation industry EASA is continuously devising methods to ensure that operations can continue as normal as possible while remaining safe and the Agency recognises there are significant matters that need to be tackled. EASA remains fully committed to meet the needs of the industry so that aviation can remain operational and safe for everyone.

The links below provide links to all EASA (multiple domain) coronavirus-related information.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/the-agency/coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.easa.europa.eu/easa-covid-19-resources

https://www.easa.europa.eu/covid-19-references

https://www.easa.europa.eu/aviation-industry-charter-covid-19


12 November 2020 - EASA Safety Conference Concludes

The aviation industry has done well so far in ensuring that safety has not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, however it must remain vigilant on all technical and human factors affecting flight safety, while consistently applying and improving its processes to ensure health safety, according to speakers at this year’s EASA annual safety conference.
Meanwhile, sweeping changes to reduce the industry’s long-term environmental impact are gaining pace, despite the COVID-19 crisis, and aviation is starting to see some clear paths to becoming greener, the panellists explained. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) held this year’s conference virtually, with well over 1,000 attendees.

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky set the scene for the discussions by outlining how EASA had acted to safeguard the industry and its employees in response to the pandemic, outlining measures taken to mandate cleaning of aircraft and special approvals issued to allow the transport of cargo in passenger seats. By May, EASA working with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) had laid down measures for health-safe travel during the pandemic.

Ky made clear that, despite the very challenging situation, safe flying remained critically important for the industry. Passengers would simply not accept lapses in safety due to the pandemic. “We need now more than ever to be vigilant on aviation safety,” he said.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/press-releases/aviation-must-keep-strong-focus-safety-pandemic-and-eye-greener

Videos of the conference can be found at this link

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTfS24aKkJn4duc-Omgph6R-EpVQdRV-Z

Conference presentations from the event can be found at the link below (downloaded via zip file)

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/events/2020-easa-annual-safety-conference-road-safe-and-sustainable-recovery


24 November 2020 - EASA lays out its proposed conditions for return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a Proposed Airworthiness Directive (PAD) concerning the Boeing 737 MAX for public consultation, signalling its intention to approve the aircraft to return to Europe’s skies within a matter of weeks.

The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded by EASA on March 12, 2019, following two accidents with total loss of aircraft in which 346 people died. Intense work involving the dedicated attention from around 20 EASA experts over a period of around 20 months has now given EASA the confidence to declare the aircraft will be safe to fly again. The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States (FAA), State of Design for Boeing aircraft, published its final approval of the modified 737 MAX in the Federal Register on November 20, 2020.

“EASA made clear from the outset that we would conduct our own objective and independent assessment of the 737 MAX, working closely with the FAA and Boeing, to make sure that there can be no repeat of these tragic accidents, which touched the lives of so many people,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky.

“I am confident that we have left no stone unturned in our assessment of the aircraft with its changed design approach,” he added. “Each time when it may have appeared that problems were resolved, we dug deeper and asked even more questions. The result was a thorough and comprehensive review of how this plane flies and what it is like for a pilot to fly the MAX, giving us the assurance that it is now safe to fly.”

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-lays-out-its-proposed-conditions-return-service-boeing-737-max


10 December 2020 - Easy Access Rules now available as dynamic online publications

In a continuous effort to improve access to our regulatory material, as part of the EASA eRules project EASA have produced consolidated publications under the name of ’Easy Access Rules’ in PDF format. Many of you already know them as they are amongst the most downloaded documents.

Now these ’Easy Access Rules’ are also available as dynamic online publications!

To improve navigation, EASA have mapped all the paragraphs to the relevant regulatory material, which allows users to filter through the material and provide a view tailored to your needs. Additionally, users can look through the table of contents for quick access to the relevant sections. This new online format was also designed for tablets and mobile phones.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easy-access-rules-now-available-dynamic-online-publications


1 January 2021 – Brexit impact

The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on February 1, 2020. At the time, the EU and the UK agreed on a transition period lasting until December 31, 2020, during which EU law, including EU law on aviation safety, would continue to apply to the UK. The EU and the UK have used this period to negotiate an agreement on their future partnership.

Following negotiations, the European Commission has reached, on December 24, 2020, a trade and cooperation agreement with the United Kingdom on the terms of its future cooperation with the European Union. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement is applied provisionally as of 1 January 2021.

On January 1, 2021 EU aviation safety legislation, including Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 establishing EASA, no longer applies to the UK. As of that date, the UK is considered as a third country and no longer has the status of an ‘EASA Member State’.

Only two aspects of aviation safety cooperation are addressed in the future framework on trade and cooperation, namely certain simplifications on the approvals covering design and manufacture of aeronautical products.

The EU aviation safety system is based on the sharing of roles and responsibilities between the EU Member States and EASA, whereby EASA is responsible for approval of organisations located in third countries – including the UK – that wish to provide goods and services to the EU, and the Member States are responsible for approval of organisations located in the EU and the licensing of aircrew and other aeronautical personnel. It is also the Member States (and not EASA) who are responsible for implementation and oversight of aspects such as passenger rights, economic licensing of airlines and screening of passengers at EU airports.

With respect to the responsibilities of EASA the above means the following:

  • As regards organisations located in the UK, except for design and production organisations: those organisations which applied for EASA certificates under the ‘early applications’ process, are issued with those certificates by EASA on December 31, 2020, effective from January 1, 2021
  • As regards design and production organisations located in the UK they are governed by the trade and cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK. For production, the agreement provides for mutual recognition of the production certifications and production oversight systems. For Design, whilst the agreement does not provide for mutual recognition of any certificates, it does allow for certain amount of simplification in the acceptance or validation of such certificates. The detailed technical implementing procedures implementation of the aviation safety part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement are currently under preparation and will be provided soon.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/brexit


 15 January 2021 – European Plan for Aviation Safety 2021-2025 published

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published the 10th edition of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) covering 2021 - 2025.

EPAS sets out the strategic priorities and enablers, and the main risks affecting the European aviation system, while also defining the necessary actions to mitigate the risks, with the paramount objective of further improving aviation safety.

The Plan provides a coherent and transparent framework for safety management, both at the State and the regional level.

EPAS is a key component of the Commission’s European Aviation Safety Programme (EASP), supporting the goals and objectives of the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) for the benefit of all 55 in the ICAO EUR Region.

The new edition includes 170 actions, among which the rulemaking actions have been revised to alleviate the stakeholder’s burden during the unprecedented crisis the aviation sector is facing now. A new section has been included to provide more context on the COVID-19 impact on the European aviation sector. Furthermore, a new Volume III now reflects the key risk areas and the associated safety issues affecting the European aviation system.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/european-plan-aviation-safety-2021-2025-published


27 January 2021 – EASA declares the Boeing 737 MAX safe to return to service in Europe

 The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) gave its seal of approval for the return to service of a modified version of the Boeing 737 MAX, mandating a package of software upgrades, electrical wiring rework, maintenance checks, operations manual updates and crew training which will allow the plane to fly safely in European skies after almost two years on the ground.

“We have reached a significant milestone on a long road,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. “Following extensive analysis by EASA, we have determined that the 737 MAX can safely return to service. This assessment was carried out in full independence of Boeing or the Federal Aviation Administration and without any economic or political pressure – we asked difficult questions until we got answers and pushed for solutions which satisfied our exacting safety requirements.  We carried out our own flight tests and simulator sessions and did not rely on others to do this for us.

“Let me be quite clear that this journey does not end here,” he added. “We have every confidence that the aircraft is safe, which is the precondition for giving our approval. But we will continue to monitor 737 MAX operations closely as the aircraft resumes service. In parallel, and at our insistence, Boeing has also committed to work to enhance the aircraft still further in the medium term, in order to reach an even higher level of safety.”

The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded worldwide in March 2019 following the second of two accidents within just six months, which together claimed 346 lives. The root cause of these tragic accidents was traced to software known as the MCAS (Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System), intended to make the plane easier to handle. However, the MCAS, guided by only one Angle of Attack (AoA) sensor, kicked in repeatedly if that sensor malfunctioned, pushing the nose of the aircraft downward multiple times. In both accidents, pilots finally lost control of their plane, resulting in a crash with total loss of aircraft.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-declares-boeing-737-max-safe-return-service-europe


  1. Initial Airworthiness

 20 November 2020 - EASA updates Easy Access Rules for Acceptable Means of Compliance for the Airworthiness of Products, Parts and Appliances (AMC-20) (Amendments 18 & 19)

Amendment 18 incorporates AMC-20 as amended by ED Decision 2020/006/R on ‘Aircraft Cybersecurity’ and Amendment 19 represents AMC-20 as updated by ED Decision 2020/010/R. These consolidated, up-to-date rules are displayed in an easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks and are for free download from the EASA website.

Being generated through the eRules platform, the document will be updated regularly to incorporate further changes and evolutions to its content.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-updates-easy-access-rules-acceptable-means-compliance-airworthiness


26 November 2020 – NPA 2020-11 Regular update of CS 25

The objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to reflect the state of the art of large aeroplane certification and improve the harmonisation of CS-25 with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. To that end, this NPA proposes amendments to CS-25 following the selection of non-complex, non-controversial, and mature subjects.

In particular, this NPA proposes amendments in the following areas:

Item 1: AMC 25 Subpart H: corrections of references in the correlation table;
Item 2: Turbo-propeller vibrations;
Item 3: Fabrication methods;
Item 4: Windshield – Failure conditions with structural effects;
Item 5: Cabin safety – references to FAA AC 25-17A ‘Transport Airplane Cabin Interiors Crashworthiness Handbook’.

The proposed amendments are expected to provide a moderate safety benefit, would have no social or environmental impacts, and would provide some economic benefits by streamlining the certification process.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/notices-of-proposed-amendment/npa-2020-11


4 December 2020 - EASA and CAAS Deepen Cooperation to Make Aircraft Type Certification Process More Efficient for Industry

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Authority Singapore (CAAS) have updated their bilateral Working Arrangement to facilitate CAAS’ validation of EASA aircraft type certifications.

The amendment to the Working Arrangement on Airworthiness Certification will allow the two regulators to collaborate on facilitating aviation innovations, such as electric-vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. With immediate effect, CAAS will be able to validate EASA design approvals concurrently and in close coordination with EASA’s type certification process. It will help aviation companies in Singapore to innovate and benefit from rapidly developing aviation technologies.

“This amendment is testament to the excellent relations in aviation between Europe and Singapore. It further extends the trust we have in each other’s aviation system and our strong working relationship with CAAS,” said EASA Executive Director, Patrick Ky.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-and-caas-deepen-cooperation-make-aircraft-type-certification-process


14 December 2020 - NPA 2020-13 Regular update of CS-22

The objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to reflect the state of the art of the certification of sailplanes and powered sailplanes. To that end, this NPA proposes amendments to CS-22 following the selection of non-complex, non-controversial, mature subjects, and it also includes editorial corrections. The subjects have been selected in coordination with the Sailplane Development Panel (SDP).

In particular, this NPA proposes amendments for the following items:
Item 1: Addressing a safety recommendation related to the unintended opening of air brakes,
Item 2: Addressing a safety recommendation related to the operation of the cable release mechanism during launch,
Item 3: Removal of the obsolete 45° dive requirement for sailplanes approved for aerobatics,
Item 4: Additional information for winch launch tests, to address recent winch launch accidents,
Item 5: Structure requirements: State-of-the-art aerofoils and materials,
Item 6: Change of gust load factors,
Item 7: Changes to the content of the aircraft flight manual (AFM), and
Item 8: Editorial corrections.

The proposed changes are expected to increase safety and improve cost-effectiveness for sailplane and powered sailplane designers and users.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/notices-of-proposed-amendment/npa-2020-13


21 December 2020 Opinion No 04/2020 Embodiment of SMS requirements into Annex II (Part 145) to regulation (EU) 1321/2014 and into Annex I (Part 21) to Regulation 748/2012

The objective of this Opinion, with reference to ICAO Annex 19 ‘Safety Management’ as regards civil aviation and in particular the initial and continuing airworthiness domains, is to establish a safety management system (SMS) framework for design and production (Part 21) as well as maintenance organisations (Part-145), which are the remaining two domains for which ICAO Annex 19 has not been fully transposed yet into the European Union regulatory framework. In addition, Annex II ‘Essential requirements for airworthiness’ to Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 explicitly calls for design, production and maintenance organisations to implement and maintain a management system (MS), including the management of safety risks, and aim for its continuous improvement, supported by the establishment of an occurrence-reporting system.

By establishing such an MS framework, aviation safety will be enhanced through:

  • the establishment of safety policies and objectives associated with sufficient resources;
  • the systematic identification of hazards and a risk management system;
  • safety assurance systems, giving consideration to the safety performance of organisations; and
  • safety promotion and communication.

The proposal of this Opinion is in line with the regulatory concept of MS established for other domains, such as Air Operations or Aerodromes, or for continuing airworthiness management organisations (Part-CAMO).

By aligning the MS provisions across all aviation domains, it will be ensured that the organisations which have to comply with several MS requirements in different domains can implement a single MS, and that competent authorities that oversee different organisations in different domains can plan and organise their oversight activities on the basis of the same regulatory principles.

It may happen that some differences in the numbering or the contents or even in the terminology used may still exist but, all in all, the same principles are intended to apply in all domains consistently. The main rationales behind these differences are that the Part 21 requirements for design and production are more product-centric whereas the requirements in other domains, such as Part-145, are more organisation-centric, and that the amount of regulatory amendments has been kept as low as possible.

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/opinions/opinion-no-042020


 23 December 2020 NPA 2020-16 Helicopter ditching and water occupant survivability

 The objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to mitigate the safety risks linked to the operation of helicopters for extended time periods over water.

Previous studies and accident investigations into helicopter ditching and water impact events had highlighted the need to enhance the certification specifications for helicopters (CS-27, CS-29) in order to improve the level of safety of future helicopter designs. As part of RMT.0120, changes were introduced to CS-27 and CS-29 at Amendment 5 to improve the probability of survival for occupants in the event of either a helicopter ditching or a survivable water impact.

An assessment has been conducted by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of the appropriateness of requiring design improvements to existing helicopter designs and the in-service helicopter fleet based on the above-mentioned specifications introduced in CS-27 and CS-29.

Based on that assessment, this NPA proposes to amend Part-26 and CS-26 to require the following design improvements [1]:

  • Easier identification of the operating mechanisms for emergency ditching underwater exits;
  • Provision of remote life raft deployment;
  • Substantiated sea conditions for capsize resistance in the rotorcraft flight manual (RFM);
  • Verified easy opening force for emergency ditching underwater exits;
  • Life raft attachment means of a sufficient length to prevent damage to the life raft;
  • Easy access to life preservers;
  • Automatic illumination of emergency ditching underwater exits;
  • Improved ratio of passengers to emergency ditching exits;
  • Verified robustness of existing emergency flotation systems to resist damage in the event of a water impact;
  • Automatic deployment and arming (if required) of the emergency flotation system.

In addition, this NPA also proposes some minor improvements to the certification specifications for new applications for certification for ditching and emergency flotation to improve the clarity of the previous amendments.

The proposed amendments are expected to increase safety with a minimal economic impact on helicopter operators and helicopter manufacturers.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/notices-of-proposed-amendment/npa-2020-16


29 January 2021 – NPA 2021-01 Rotorcraft Chip Detection Systems

The objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to ensure that the chip detection systems installed in rotorcraft rotor drive systems achieve an acceptable minimum level of effectiveness.

This NPA proposes to introduce new objective-based certification specifications (CSs) for the performance of chip detection systems, and the associated acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM).

Ultimately, the target is for rotorcraft rotor drive systems to feature systems capable of effectively detecting ferromagnetic particles indicating the incipient failure or degradation of internal gearbox components.

The proposed amendments are expected to increase the safety of rotorcraft rotor drive systems by improving their designs.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/notices-of-proposed-amendment/npa-2021-01


  1 February 2021 - EASA publishes updated Easy Access Rules for Part-26

This revision from February 2021 updates the applicable rules resulting from Regulation (EU) 2020/1159 and ED Decision 2020/023/R, with the following three topics: the ageing aircraft, conversion of class D cargo compartments, and the reduction of runway excursion.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-updated-easy-access-rules-part-26


  1. Continuing Airworthiness

 20 November 2020 - Guidelines: Return to service of aircraft from storage in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

In order to support the safe return to normal operations (RNO) and to supplement the already published FAQs in continuing airworthiness, EASA has developed the guidelines for de-storage aircraft with the support of industry and national competent authorities.

This document raises awareness of possible hazards and suggest mitigations following the potential risks of aircraft returning to service after storage, emphasising the need to consider the particularities of each case and the communication with the relevant organisations and competent authorities.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/dfu/guidelines_for_de-storage_aircraft_scenario_covid19.pdf


1 December 2020 – NPA 2020-12 Review of Part 66

The objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to address some shortcomings that have been identified in the EASA maintenance licensing system, which impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of the current Part-66 requirements.

In particular, the objective of the amendments proposed with this NPA is to:

  • facilitate the type-rating endorsement for aircraft without a Part-147 type training, referred to as well as ‘legacy aircraft’;
  • enhance the efficiency of the on-the-job training (OJT) that is affected by the lack of its mutual recognition between licensing authorities which, consequently, creates duplication of administrative efforts;
  • reduce the deficit of the practical skills of maintenance staff; and
  • update the basic knowledge syllabus.

In addition, this NPA provides a suitable solution for maintenance licences with regard to new products that are certified by EASA without adding a new licence type.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/notices-of-proposed-amendment/npa-2020-12


21 December 2020 Opinion No 04/2020 Embodiment of SMS requirements into Annex II (Part 145) to regulation (EU) 1321/2014 and into Annex I (Part 21) to Regulation 748/2012

The objective of this Opinion, with reference to ICAO Annex 19 ‘Safety Management’ as regards civil aviation and in particular the initial and continuing airworthiness domains, is to establish a safety management system (SMS) framework for design and production (Part 21) as well as maintenance organisations (Part-145), which are the remaining two domains for which ICAO Annex 19 has not been fully transposed yet into the European Union regulatory framework. In addition, Annex II ‘Essential requirements for airworthiness’ to Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 explicitly calls for design, production and maintenance organisations to implement and maintain a management system (MS), including the management of safety risks, and aim for its continuous improvement, supported by the establishment of an occurrence-reporting system.

By establishing such an MS framework, aviation safety will be enhanced through:

  • the establishment of safety policies and objectives associated with sufficient resources;
  • the systematic identification of hazards and a risk management system;
  • safety assurance systems, giving consideration to the safety performance of organisations; and
  • safety promotion and communication.

The proposal of this Opinion is in line with the regulatory concept of MS established for other domains, such as Air Operations or Aerodromes, or for continuing airworthiness management organisations (Part-CAMO).

By aligning the MS provisions across all aviation domains, it will be ensured that the organisations which have to comply with several MS requirements in different domains can implement a single MS, and that competent authorities that oversee different organisations in different domains can plan and organise their oversight activities on the basis of the same regulatory principles.

It may happen that some differences in the numbering or the contents or even in the terminology used may still exist but, all in all, the same principles are intended to apply in all domains consistently. The main rationales behind these differences are that the Part 21 requirements for design and production are more product-centric whereas the requirements in other domains, such as Part-145, are more organisation-centric, and that the amount of regulatory amendments has been kept as low as possible.

 https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/opinions/opinion-no-042020


  1. Air Operations, Aircrew and Medical

13 November 2020 - Cabin crew recurrent training guidelines in the context of COVID-19

The pandemic has resulted in crew training centres operating at low capacities, due to health restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the current circumstances, air operators may not be able to train their crews with the traditional classroom methods used pre-COVID-19.

Therefore, EASA has developed COVID-19 guidelines to address the conduct of cabin crew recurrent training, proposing different training methods and mitigation measures that could be used for the duration of the pandemic. These guidelines are not intended to change the existing regulatory requirements.

The guidelines are addressed to competent authorities and air operators with the aim of ensuring continuity of cabin crew recurrent training.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/cabin-crew-recurrent-training-guidelines-context-covid-19


14 December 2020 – NPA 2020-14 Simpler, lighter and better Part FCL requirements for general aviation

General aviation (GA) is a high priority for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which dedicates effort and resources towards creating simpler, lighter and better rules for GA. Recognising the importance of GA and its contribution to a safe European aviation system, EASA, in partnership with the European Commission and other stakeholders, has created the GA Road Map. In this context, the EASA Rulemaking Task RMT.0678 addresses several topics related to flight crew licensing in the GA domain.

With RMT.0678 Subtask 2, the objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to address miscellaneous efficiency and proportionality issues in Annex I (Part-FCL) to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 with regard to GA. The existing Part-FCL requirements and the related acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) have been revised, and new requirements as well as new AMC and GM have been introduced in order to address several topics and issues, such as:

  • new flight crew licensing requirements for small single-pilot single-engine aeroplanes with electric propulsion;
  • the possibility for student pilots to change from LAPL training to PPL training during the training course with credits;
  • the optional integration of the night rating training in aeroplanes into the PPL(A) training course;
  • the revision of the mountain rating revalidation requirements;
  • clarifications in the training syllabi for the LAPL(A) and the PPL(A) related to spin avoidance training;
  • the revision of the requirements for revalidation training flights for the LAPL(A) and for single-pilot single-engine class ratings;
  • the revision of the revalidation requirements for helicopter type ratings;
  • the deletion of text from the AMC and GM to Part-FCL related to flight crew licensing for balloons and sailplanes;
  • text clarifications, improvements, and corrections.

The proposed amendments are expected to increase the efficiency and proportionality of numerous Part-FCL requirements and to update Part-FCL in the context of electric-propulsion aeroplanes used in GA.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/notices-of-proposed-amendment/npa-2020-14


16 December 2020 – NPA 2020-15 Update of flight simulation training device requirements

The objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to amend the EU regulatory framework with a view to maintaining a high level of aviation safety by applying an innovative approach to the capabilities classification of future flight simulation training devices (FSTDs) that ensures harmonisation with the guidance established in Doc 9625 ‘Manual of Criteria for the Qualification of Flight Simulation Training Devices’ by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In addition, it aims at introducing a paradigm shift into the regulatory framework for initial (Flight Crew Licensing (FCL)) and recurrent (Air Operations (OPS)) pilot training. Further to the paradigm proposed, training providers are required to identify the device capabilities (referred to as ‘FSTD capability signature’ (FCS)) based on analysing regulatory training task objectives against FSTD features and fidelity levels. The identified FCS is subsequently matched with training devices available on the market having at least the same FCS. This allows training providers to use the most appropriate and latest innovative training devices. The application of features and fidelity level criteria enables:

  • more flexibility in obtaining training credits by using other types of training devices — different from a full flight simulator (FFS);
  • improvement of the visibility from the training side on the capabilities of the different devices; and
  • the use of new technologies in training thereby improving safety by making a clear link between FCL (type rating training) and OPS (operator recurrent training) and the Certification Specifications for Aeroplane Flight Simulation Training Devices (CS-FSTD(A)).

This NPA proposes the amendment of:

the acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) to Appendix 9 to Annex I (Part-FCL) to Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (the ‘Aircrew Regulation’) by introducing a training matrix that defines the fidelity levels required to achieve the type-specific training objectives for each training task;

Annex VI (Part-ARA) and Annex VII (Part-ORA) to the Aircrew Regulation and the associated AMC and GM; in particular, amendments are proposed to the qualification certificate (QC) and the equipment and specifications list (ESL) is introduced;

CS-FSTD(A); in particular, as regards changes to the simulator levels. Furthermore, the structure of the CS has been reviewed to facilitate the set-up of standards in accordance with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rulemaking principles.

The proposed amendments are expected to maintain safety, promote more cost-effective training and ensure alignment with ICAO. The stakeholders mostly affected by the proposed changes will be aircraft manufacturers, FSTD data providers, FSTD manufacturers and organisations operating FSTDs. Competent authorities (CAs) and approved training organisations (ATOs) will be affected in a varying degree, depending on the type and qualification of the FSTD and its use in training.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/notices-of-proposed-amendment/npa-2020-15


 21 December 2020 - EASA updates the Easy Access Rules for Cabin Crew Data (CS-CCD) (Issue 2)

Issue 2 incorporates CS-CCD as amended by ED Decision 2020/015/R ‘Regular update of the Certification Specifications and Guidance Material for Cabin Crew Data’. These consolidated, up-to-date rules are displayed in an easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks and are for free download from the EASA website.

Being generated through the eRules platform, the document will be updated regularly to incorporate further changes and evolutions to its content.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-updates-easy-access-rules-cabin-crew-data-cs-ccd-issue-2


  1. EU Aviation Rule Structure

  1. Regulatory Authorities

19 November - EASA published two new sets of Guidelines in the domains of Air Operations and Aircrew in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

These two Guidelines will support national competent authorities in the continued use of Article 71 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 for granting exemptions from the applicable requirements of Regulation (EU) No 965/2012, Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011, Regulation (EU) 2018/395, and Regulation (EU) 2018/1976.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-has-published-two-new-sets-guidelines-domains-air-operations-and


  1. Third Country Operators

5 January - Exemptions allowing third country operators (TCOs) transportation of cargo in passenger compartments

Following the disruptions caused by COVID-19 to the transportation of goods, some operators have been granted exemptions issued by their competent authorities allowing for the transportation of cargo in the passenger cabin of large aeroplanes. Based on the issued exemptions and a review of the related documentation, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has posed no objection to this kind of operations in an effort to support the transport of medical supplies and other important goods as efficiently as possible.

EASA will continue to pose no objection to such operations provided that adequate mitigation actions have been put in place and the alleviation/exemption follows the below limitations:

Transport products such as medical supplies, PPE as well as other cargo which is vital and essential for the functioning of sensitive supply chains affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carriage of dangerous goods in the passenger cabin is not authorised, with the exception of vaccines cooled by dry ice.

Carriage of mix passengers and cargo in the cabin at the same time is not authorised

Targeted ramp inspections will be conducted by EASA and EASA MS NAAs to check the proper implementation of the above limitations TCOs flying to, from or within EASA Member States.

The transportation of cargo in the passenger cabin of large aeroplanes beyond already approved stowage areas is usually not covered by the approval of the aircraft. In addition, the main manufacturers, in cooperation with the certification authorities have now come out with viable safety solutions and eventual modifications to mitigate the risks introduced by this situation. In case TCOs are considering the transport of any other goods they should ensure full compliance with such certification standards and implement any necessary design changes. Provided there is evidence that an application for a major change or STC has been made to the design authority, EASA will allow the operations to continue for the time necessary to complete the technical investigations for the associated design change approval and subsequent installation.

Exceptions to these rules will only be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be evaluated on the urgency of the COVID-19 related needs, the inexistence of any other means of transportation and the intended operation.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/exemptions-allowing-third-country-operators-tcos-transportation-cargo


  1. Unmanned Airborne Systems

26 November 2020 – Get ready for the new drones regulation!

The new European Drone regulation is coming into force December on 31, 2020, a milestone for the drones community. As a result, drone operations for commercial or leisure purposes, will be subject to the same conditions across Europe.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has put together a wide package of information to help drone pilots prepare for this.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/get-ready-new-drones-regulation


17 December 2020 - EASA publishes regulatory framework for drone service deliveries

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has published the full regulatory framework setting the parameters for drone services such as parcel delivery in urban areas, railway and power lines inspection, or delivery of essential supplies into crisis zones.

The framework enables unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations in urban environment categorised as medium risk in the specific category. It comprises the Agency Decision amending the risk assessment methodology with regard to flight over-populated areas and assemblies of people, and the Airworthiness Standards known as Special Condition Light UAS Medium Risk.

The standards are the result of a proposal published in July and take into account the comments received from stakeholders. Standards for the operations characterised by a high risk in the specific category are scheduled to be published by EASA in 2021.

“With the publication of these documents, European drone operators can now safely operate drones in populated areas,” EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said. “This is a matter of concern and interest for many European citizens and we are pleased to now have the needed regulatory framework in place to allow industry to go ahead and implement new innovative service solutions.”

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-regulatory-framework-drone-service-deliveries

 

13 January 2021 - EASA publishes updated Easy Access Rules for Drones

This Revision from January 2021 updates the Easy Access Rules for Drones based on ED Decision 2020/022/R amending the AMC and GM to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 and to Part-UAS. The Decision clarifies the conditions for authorising UAS operations over populated areas and assemblies of people in the ‘specific’ category, ensures the interoperability of the EASA Member States’ national registration systems for UAS operators and for certified UAS that require registration, and introduces new predefined risk assessments (PDRAs) and improves the existing PDRA.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-updated-easy-access-rules-drones


  1. Ground Handling

  1. Aerodromes

 11 Nov 2020 - EASA published the updated Easy Access Rules for Aerodromes (Revision from November 2020).

These consolidated, up-to-date rules are displayed in an easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks and are for free download from the EASA website.

The Revision from November 2020 incorporates the updated Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) to Annex IV (Part ADR.OPS) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 139/2014, which are annexed to ED Decision 2020/009/R.

Being generated through the eRules platform, the document will be updated regularly to incorporate further changes and evolutions to the content.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easy-access-rules-aerodromes-updated-0


17 November 2020 – NPA 2020-10 Regular Update of aerodrome rules

The objective of this Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) is to maintain a high level of safety for the aerodrome design and operations and to ensure alignment with Amendment 15 (ICAO State Letters AN/1.2.28-20/35 of 3 April 2020) to ICAO Annex 14, Volume I and Amendment 3 (ICAO State Letter AN /27-20/25 of 10 June) to ICAO Doc 9981 ‘PANS-Aerodromes’. In addition, the NPA addresses findings raised to EASA following the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Universal Safety Audit Programme (USOAP) and findings from standardisation visits conducted by EASA, especially in the area of aeronautical data related to aerodromes.

This NPA proposes changes to existing organisational and operational requirements of Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 and the related Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM), as well as the introduction of new ones.

In particular, the proposed changes concern the following:

The implementation of the safety programmes and the establishment of safety committees by the aerodrome operator, by creating a runway safety team and assigning clear responsibilities and tasks;

  • the provision of certain aerodrome data by the aerodrome operator, aligning with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/469, and transposition of the relevant SARPS in ICAO Annex 14, Volume I, including the introduction of the new methodology for evaluation of the pavement strength (ACR/PCR);
  • establishment of provisions regarding disabled aircraft removal and overload operations, to address ICAO USOAP findings to EASA;
  • establishment of certain provisions regarding aerodrome works safety and suspension or closure of runway operations in accordance with ICAO Doc 9981 ‘PANS-Aerodromes’;
  • provisions for the identification of (a) hot spot(s) at the aerodrome; and
  • revision of the rule related to the operation of higher code letter aircraft following the changes to the methodology of the aerodrome reference code.

Furthermore, the NPA proposes changes to the Certification Specifications (CS) of CS-ADR-DSN, stemming mainly from Amendment 15 to ICAO Annex 14 Volume I.

The proposed amendments are expected to enhance safety and improve alignment with ICAO. In addition, the provisions on aerodrome data will improve the quality of information published in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and the provisions on disabled aircraft removal and overload operations will support the regularity of operations and the provisions related to aerodrome works safety, designation of hot spot(s), and suspension of runway operations will improve runway safety.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/notices-of-proposed-amendment/npa-2020-10


  1. ATM/ANS

 27 November 2020 - Easy Access Rules for Safety (Key) Performance Indicators – (S(K)PI) – Third Reference Period (RP3)

The publication supports the ATM Performance Scheme and contains the rules and procedures for measuring the ATM Performance – Safety Key Performance Area (KPA), easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks.

It covers the EU Single Sky framework, Regulation (EC) No 549/2004; the RP3 Commission Implementing Regulation, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/317; and the related guidance material (GM) for measuring the Safety KPI, Effectiveness of Safety Management (EoSM), which is applicable to air navigation service providers (ANSP) participating in the scheme, and for measuring the safety performance indicators (runway incursions and separation minima infringements) applicable at airport, national and EU-wide levels.  While the Safety KPA guidance has been written by EASA under RMT.0723, the guidance is a European Commission document and has been published by the Commission at https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/eusinglesky/node_en.

The document will be updated regularly to incorporate further changes and evolutions to the implementing rules (IR), delegated rules (DR), and GM.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easy-access-rules-safety-key-performance-indicators-skpi-third-reference-0


5 January 2021 - EASA’s updated Easy Access Rules for Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services published

This revision from January 2021 updates the applicable rules resulting from ED Decision 2020/020/R that amends the AMC and GM to Subpart A of Annex XIII (Part-PERS) to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373. More precisely, it updates the training objectives for air traffic safety electronics personnel (ATSEP) basic and qualification training syllabi and, therefore, improves the initial training content. It also introduces editorial and structural changes, provides updates of regulatory references, and makes improvements to AMC and GM that are not directly related to training objectives.

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easas-updated-easy-access-rules-air-traffic-managementair-navigation

 

 

 

 


28/09/2020   EASA Covid 19 Updates - September 2020

Whilst the Covid 19 pandemic continues to cause mayhem within the aviation industry EASA is continuously devising methods to ensure that operations can continue as normal as possible while remaining safe and the Agency recognises there are significant matters that need to be tackled. EASA remains fully committed to meet the needs of the industry so that aviation can remain operational and safe for everyone.


 

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-guidance-allowing-virtual-classroom-instruction-and

New guidelines in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic addressed to European aviation training providers and competent authorities are now available for download.

The guidance details how to conduct theoretical parts of required training for aviation personnel in the domains of Aircrew, Continuing Airworthiness, Air Operations, and Air Traffic Controllers’ licences and certificates in a virtual classroom


 

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/commission-implementing-regulations-postponing-dates-application-certain

The European Commission published two Commission Implementing Regulations, postponing the dates of application of certain measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Air Operations
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1176 of 7 August 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1387 as regards postponing dates of application of certain measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Air Traffic Management / Air Navigation Services
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1177 of 7 August 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/469 as regards postponing dates of application of certain measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.


 

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-safety-information-bulletin-sib-2020-14-relation-aircraft

Safety Information Bulletin SIB 2020-14 is addressed to continuing airworthiness management organisations (CAMOs), maintenance organisations (MOs), and competent national airworthiness authorities (NAAs) in relation to aircraft that have been stored due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SIB was issued following reports of unreliable speed and altitude indications during the first flight(s) following the aircraft leaving storage, caused by contaminated air data systems resulting from obstruction of pitot probes and static port orifices.

The SIB provides recommendations for cleaning and inspecting the pitot static system during the return back to service of aircraft, along with recommendations for oversight. It should be read in conjunction with the EASA Guidance on ‘Return to service of aircraft from storage in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic’.


 

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-completes-its-boeing-737-max-test-flights

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been working steadily, in close cooperation with the FAA and Boeing, to return the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to service as soon as possible, but only once it is convinced it is safe.

EASA has been working with the FAA and Boeing to schedule its flight tests, a process which has been hindered by COVID-19 travel restrictions between Europe and the United States.

These test flights have now been completed and they took place in Vancouver, Canada due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.


 

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/european-aviation-associations-and-easa-join-promote-harmonised-safe-air

European Aviation Associations and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) agreed to strengthen efforts to ensure a consistent and safe travel experience for passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated travel restrictions have had a devastating impact on air traffic and put at risk millions of jobs that rely on air connectivity. As Europe seeks to reopen, it is essential that operations are marked by consistent implementation of passenger safety procedures across the continent.

EASA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have developed protocols for the measure’s airports, airlines and operators should adopt to ensure a safe return to normal operations.


 

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-publishes-practical-scenarios-support-return-normal-operations-air

Following the publication of guidelines on the importance of resilient air operators' management systems in the COVID-19 recovery phase, EASA has complemented the approach by publishing two practical scenarios.

The first practical scenario addresses a legacy or low cost operator restarting its activity; the second one addresses a charter operator.

A third scenario, which will address “business operators”, will be ready by end of July 2020. All scenarios were agreed with a task force composed of representatives of EASA, authorities and airlines.


16/07/2020   EASA Covid 19 Updates

Whilst the Covid 19 pandemic continues to cause mayhem within the aviation industry EASA is continuously devising methods to ensure that operations can continue as normally as possible while remaining safeand the Agency recognises there are significant matters that need to be tackled. EASA remains fully committed to meet the needs of the industry so that aviation can remain operational and safe for everyone.  

https://www.easa.europa.eu/the-agency/coronavirus-covid-19 

https://www.easa.europa.eu/easa-covid-19-resources 

https://www.easa.europa.eu/covid-19-references 

As a result of the above in June 2020 EASA has published guidelines for air operators on the role of operator’s management system in the COVID-19 recovery phase. A team of experts from EASA, industry representatives and national authorities worked together to develop a document aimed at supporting air operators in identifying the safety threats associated with their return to normal operation.  

https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-published-guidelines-air-operators-role-operators-management-system