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The Practical Guide on ‘Assigning pilots to oversight tasks’ is made available on EASA website. This document is the outcome of the Working Group established following the ‘Proposal for a Competency Framework for the Competent Authorities' presented by EASA to the Management Board meeting 2016-02.

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) joined Engine and Aircraft Certification Working Group (EACWG) report on improving engine/aircraft interface certification practices.

The document ‘Proposal for a Competency Framework for the Competent Authorities' Inspectors’ is now available on the EASA website. This report illustrates the outcome of the Working Group established by EASA Management Board that developed a competency framework for Civil Aviation Authority Inspectors.

Activity Report - June 2015 – May 2016

Aviation by nature operates across borders. Member States and their competent authorities, therefore need to work together. Such cooperation between competent authorities ensures that aviation activities of organisations/persons active in one Member States, but certified by the competent authority of another Member State, are properly overseen.

After the initial draft was issued in July 2015, several comments were received and incorporated. At the same time the text has been updated to reflect the amendment of ICAO Annex 19.
The document is published under the provision of Art. 5(3) of Regulation (EU) No 628/2013: “The Agency shall provide competent authorities of Member States with relevant information to support the uniform implementation of the applicable requirements.” and is intended to offer a possible solutions to a common issue.

The analysis in this paper seeks to identify the main safety risks involving Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations.

The European Aviation Safety Agency Task Force has assessed the risks resulting from collisions between drones of varying masses and different categories of manned aircraft, considering their design characteristics and operational requirements.

The growth in numbers of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or “drones”, is matched by the significant range of benefits that their use promises. Those benefits will not be fully realised, however, unless there can be confidence that such UAS can be operated safely.

Safety Promotion

Issue 2

EHEST has developed this comprehensive and fully illustrated Helicopter Flight Instructor guide based on a manual developed by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and other international organisations. CASA kindly made the contents of the publication available to EHEST for dissemination without restriction. In Issue 1, EHEST incorporated changes to reflect European terminology and syllabus content and also enriched the manual.

This leaflet aims to reinforce to pilots the need to understand aviation weather, including the appropriate threat assessments and strategies to adopt in relation to pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight operations for a helicopter flight to be conducted under Visual Meteorology Conditions (VMC).

This leaflet discusses the factors affecting helicopter performance. It then provides pilots with guidance, tips and techniques to ensure safe operations.

Most of performance-related accidents can be avoided if the pilot is conscious of the performance limitations of the operated rotorcraft.

Pilots should keep in mind that performance calculations must be part of each and every flight preparation briefing.

One of the core capabilities required to support effective implementation of safety management is the ability to monitor the effectiveness of an organisation's management systems. Competent authorities must be able to assess the effectiveness of management systems as part of their oversight. The EASA Management System Assessment tool is intended to support authorities with this task.

Practical guide

This Practical Guide on ‘Management of hazards related to new business models of commercial air transport operators’ is part of EASA’s safety promotion strategy. The Guide has been developed by a group of dedicated safety management managers from Europe’s airline industry and includes a number of easy to use and practical examples for SMS managers for hazard identification and management in the following five areas:

The Mission Request Vade Mecum has been developed to help emergency front-line personnel to safely deal with helicopters. Policemen, firefighters, ambulances, and all the personnel who may be involved in requesting and handling a helicopter mission will benefit from the tool. A comprehensive document explains what information should be given to the helicopter pilot and describes how to set up the landing area. Together with the emergency dispatch centre they can go through the R.O.M.A. checklist in order to quickly check all the required information and  safety provisions.

ECAST sponsored the European Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursion (EAPPRI) and ECAST organisations participated in its development.
The link below redirects to the EAPPRI web-page of the SKYbrary website.

The EHEST MARIA Risk Assessment Toolkit contains a methodology and a database system that support safety studies and keep track of hazards and other risk assessment elements. Safety studies are organised around causes,  hazardous events (or hazards), consequences and safety barriers. Elements are linked together to describe cause-effect relations and orient action. MARIA functionalities include producing reports and exporting data to external databases and safety documents.

This tool has been developed to allow pilots and technicians to evaluate the actual risk of the flight or of the maintenance.
The tool is based on the PAVE (Pilot, Aircraft, environment, External pressure) check list and adapted for the type of flight (HEMS, leisure, training, passenger, etc.).
The final purpose is to make pilots and technicians aware that simple factors, when combined, can raise the total risk significantly, eventually resulting  in a situation where the helicopter should not flight unless some of the risk factors are mitigated.

The following link redirects to the Runway Incursion Portal of the SkyBrary website.

This leaflet provides guidance and safety tips for pilots, instructors and examiners on the subject of training and testing of emergency and abnormal procedures.

This leaflet provides guidance to helicopter instructors and examiners on how to conduct aircrew training and testing in Flight Simulator Training Devices (FSTDs), and provides basic principles on how to get the best use of this invaluable training asset. The benefits of FSTDs are covered in the previously published leaflet HE6 Advantages of Simulators (FSTDs) in Helicopter Flight Training.

EASA Newsletter: On Air

Cybersecurity in Aviation
New Start for Rotorcraft
EASA on the international scene
EASA and the world of Drones
Annual Safety Conference Special: New Technologies & New Business models
Flight Tracking

Easy access rules - technical publications

This document contains the applicable rules for aerodromes displayed in a consolidated, easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks.

Easy Access Rules for Continuing Airworthiness – Revision from June 2017
Incorporates ED Decision 2017/016/R amending Appendix I to AMC to Part-66 ‘Aircraft type ratings for Part-66 aircraft maintenance licences’.

This document includes the current applicable Implementing Rules (IRs), Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) in a consolidated, easy-to-read format.

Introductory Note to Air Ops Easy Access Rules - Revision 9, May 2017

We constantly strive to improve the consolidated version of the Air Operations regulation in the Easy Access Rules format.

For this, we always consider your suggestions. That is why your feedback is important to us – because you help us create a better tool for you.

The Rule Amendment Status includes:

Easy Access Rules for FCL.

These PDF documents include the Implementing Rules (IR) and the Acceptable Means of Compliance/Guidance Material (AMC/GM) in a merged, easy-to-read format. The Agency intends to update  the documents within a certain time period and subject to workload after each substantial change to the IR and/or AMC&GM.

Easy Access Rules for Part-21, Airworthiness and Environmental Certification, issued November 2015.

This document includes the Implementing Rules (IR) 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 IR and/or AMC&GM.

Annual Activity Report

Annual Safety Review

This publication provides an early overview of the aviation safety statistics for 2016 in the domain of Commercial Air Transport Aeroplanes. The reports covers both worldwide operations and those involving the 32 EASA Member States.

Annual Safety Recommendations Review

General Aviation Leaflet

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for General Aviation
for General Aviation
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Hypoxia Conditions, Associated Risks and Mitigating Measures

EASA Brochure

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