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Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Patrick Goudou initialled on 17 May 2013 in Cologne the Working Arrangement on Continuous Monitoring Activities between EASA and ICAO
The European Commission gave the Agency the leadership of a consortium composed of Eurocontrol, the UK CAA and DGAC France to manage the ASEAN Air Transportation Integration Project which aims at supporting the ASEAN region (10 countries of South East Asia) to develop a Single Aviation Market. The consortium met in Cologne on 7 May 2013.
|25/04/2013||The European Aviation Safety Agency today published a proposal to the European Commission containing rules on qualifications for flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). With this so-called Opinion, the Agency puts forward new and more accessible instrument ratings focussed on General Aviation pilots. The proposed changes are expected to increase safety with regard to the accident category of controlled flights into terrain (CFIT) by establishing a better accessible IR. This will enable more European GA pilots to commence this type of training. Click here to access the Opinion|
From 01 June 2013 and until 31 May 2014 or the coming into force of a new Fees & Charges Regulation, all fees and changes indicated in Part I, II and III of the Annex to Regulation 593/2007, as amended, will be indexed at the rate of 2,6%. For more information please refer to the Fees & Charges Regulation page
|23/04/2013||The Agency today approved the design change of the Boeing 787-8 Auxiliary Power Unit battery, battery charger and battery enclosure installation and certifies that the changes proposed by Boeing meet the EASA Type Certification Basis requirements. The applicable airworthiness directive will now be updated which will allow the European operated aircraft to return to service as soon as the modification will be installed.|
|18/04/2013||There are still seats available for the Ageing Aircraft Structure Workshop (Large Aeroplanes). Registration will remain open till Monday 22 April 2013.|
|21/03/2013||The Rulemaking Directorate of the Agency has published a communication on the Rulemaking interpretation on "Maintenance release of aircraft not covered by the Basic Regulation"|
|18/03/2013||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on ‘Large Rotorcraft - Oil Low Pressure Warning’ (EASA Proposed CM–PIFS–004 Issue 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page|
The Management Board of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today announced the appointment of Mr. Patrick Ky as Executive Director of EASA with effect from 1 September 2013.
|13/03/2013||The Agency today handed over a type certificate for the Airbus A400M to Airbus Military - Press release|
|21/02/2013||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on ‘Installation of parts and appliances without an EASA Form 1 in European Light Aircraft’ (EASA Proposed CM–21.A–K–001 Issue 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page|
|08/02/2013||EASA today issued a Type Certificate to Rolls Royce for the Trent XWB engine that is designed to power the Airbus A350-800/-900 XWB aircraft. This recognises that the XWB engine has demonstrated compliance with EASA’s certification requirements. Certification testing for the Trent XWB began in 2010 and involved 11 engines running for a total of more than 3,100 hours. A higher thrust version of the Trent XWB is currently under development for the Airbus A350-1000.|
|05/02/2013||The EASA Opinion covering Implementing rules for aerodromes was published and submitted to the Commission for comitology procedure. Adopting of the rules is expected at the end of this year. The Agency intends to publish corresponding AMCs, GM and certification specifications in parallel to the publication of the new rules in the Official Journal.|
|31/01/2013||EASA and ECHA organised in Cologne on 23 January 2013 a workshop on the interfaces between airworthiness requirements and REACH authorisation. Some 40 participants from aviation industry, the regulators and industry stakeholders participated. Click here for more infometation.|
|17/01/2013||Boeing 787 Statement EASA is working closely with the FAA as the primary certification authority and Boeing. EASA has this morning adopted the FAA Airworthiness Directive in order to ensure the continuing airworthiness of the European fleet (currently 2 Boeing 787s operated by LOT Polish Airlines). The Agency continues to carefully monitor the situation and is prepared to provide any support the FAA may require in their investigation.|
|15/01/2013||Safety Standards Consultative Committee meeting: The 2nd bi-Annual Safety Standards Consultative Committee (SSCC) meeting took place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December 2012. The focus of this meeting was the future of the SSCC where EASA will regulate all aviation domains. After debate, the SSCC provided a positive opinion on the Agency proposal for the revised SSCC. Click here for more information.|
|14/01/2013||New Technical Training courses: several new courses, in particular on the new Air Crew Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011), are now available, as well as new e-examinations. Click here to book your seat! Dates for courses on the new Air Operations Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) 965/2012) will be announced soon, and further courses will be added throughout the year.|
|11/01/2013||The Basic Regulation and the Implementing Rule on Initial Airworthiness are amended by Commission Regulations N°6/2013 and N°7/2013, respectively. This is the consequence of the adoption by ICAO Council on 4 March 2011 of the recommended amendments to Annex 16 of the Chicago Convention by ICAO 8th Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection. Regulations are accessible here|
|10/01/2013||EASA has issued preliminary aviation safety data for 2012 which shows a further improvement in worldwide safety levels. In commercial air transport operations, the number of fatal accidents decreased from 46 in 2011 to 39 in 2012. In passenger air transport operations, there has been a reduction in the number of fatal accidents from 17 in 2011 to 11 in 2012. The number of passenger fatalities in air transport operations has remained at historically low levels. Full details here|
|26/11/2012||EASA publishes ATCO licensing NPA: EASA published a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) on the licensing and medical certification of air traffic controllers (ATCOs) on 22 November 2012. This follows almost three years of work involving experts and stakeholder representatives in a dedicated rulemaking group. NPA 2012-18 covers the licensing and medical certification of air traffic controllers and proposes the requirements, for all aspects governing the access to this aviation profession, as well as for exercising the privileges granted by the air traffic controller licence. Click here view the press document.|
|20/11/2012||Revision 2 of the EASA – FAA Maintenance Annex Guidance is now available on the EASA websites.|
|14/11/2012||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on 'Fuel Specification Changes' (EASA Proposed CM-PIFS-009 Issue 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page.|
|02/11/2012||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on ‘Engine Critical Parts - Damage Tolerance Assessment - Manufacturing and Surface Induced Anomalies’ (EASA Proposed CM-PIFS-007 Issue 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page.|
|31/10/2012||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on 'Regulatory Differences CS-E vs CFR 14 Part 33 (for validation by EASA of FAA certified engine types)' (EASA Proposed CM-PIFS-008 Issue 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page.|
|25/10/2012||This Sunday 28 October 2012 marks the entry into force of new European rules for Air Operations. Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 creates harmonised requirements at the European level for commercial air transport operations of aeroplanes and helicopters. EASA has published the associated Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material, available as Decisions on the Agency website. Click here to access the Press Release.|
|22/10/2012||The Agency has published a detailed report with the result of the common work performed by EASA/FAA/TCCA under the framework of the task MDM.056 "Instructions for Continuing Airworthiness". Please follow the link to the Rulemaking website, where the relevant ToR is also available: 12D54544 Status Report for task MDM.056 (RMT.0252) (ICAs)|
|16/10/2012||The Commission has adopted on the 26 of September Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) which are the rules of the air applicable to airspace users and aircraft engaged in general air traffic operating in EU airspace, Competent Authorities of the Member States, Air Navigation Service Providers and the relevant ground personnel engaged in aircraft operations|
|12/10/2012||The Conference on "SMS in Part-M and Part-145" (Rulemaking task MDM.055) is now open for registration|
|01/10/2012||PRESS RELEASE: EASA proposes new harmonised rules to avoid flight crew fatigue.|
|24/09/2012||The B2L and L licence Workshop is now open for registration. For more information click here.|
|14/09/2012||An informal consolidated text of the Agreement between the USA and the EU on cooperation in the regulation of civil aviation safety, incorporating all amendments to this Agreement adopted so far by the EU - US Bilateral Oversight Board is now available in the International Cooperation - Bilateral Agreements section of the EASA website..|
To assess the impact of the implementation of the Part-M requirements related to the Airworthiness Review process, the Agency intends to collect feedback from all affected competent authorities and stakeholders to analyse the need of further rulemaking action.
You are therefore kindly invited to submit your feedback, comments and proposals on the issues listed in the attachment to this letter by Friday, 19 October 2012 to the following email address: AR .at. easa .point. europa .point. eu.For more information click here.
|23/08/2012||On 21 August, the European Commission published Regulation 748/2012 of 3 August 2012. This new Regulation is replacing Regulation (EC) 1702/2003, which includes Part-21. It is a consolidation of the initial version of 1702/2003 together with seven subsequent stand-alone amendments, changes resulting from four Agency Opinions, and further changes introduced by the Commission. The new Regulation will enter into force on 10 September 2012. EASA is working on a consolidated version of the AMC/GM to Part-21 including all previous amendments and the new AMC/GM to accompany the latest changes. Its publication is planned for mid-October. Click here for more information on the new Regulation.|
|21/08/2012||The Agency has published a new of issue of the Application for Design Organisation Approval (FO.DOA.00080) and of the Application for Significant Changes to Design Organisation Approval (FO.DOA.00082). Both documents are available here|
|09/08/2012||The Agency has been informed of fraudulent e-mails being sent to applicants requesting the payment of fees and charges. More info here|
|08/08/2012||The Agency has published a new issue of the Application for Approval of Major Change / Major Repair Design (FO.TCCH.00031) and of the Application for Supplemental Type Certificate (FO.STC.00033). Both documents are available here|
The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) today released a comprehensive Safety Management Toolkit developed with consideration to EU rules on Air Operations (Annex III, Part ORO Subpart GEN Section II Management System) which are expected be finalised later this year. The Toolkit was designed for Complex Operators and is particularly useful for those with limited experience of Safety Management Systems (SMS). It consists of a Safety Management Manual (SMM), an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and a Safety Management Database User Guide.
The SMM is a sample manual designed to assist operators in creating their own manuals, which must be adapted to reflect individual needs, nature of operations and procedures. Since having a ERP will be required under future rules, the EHEST response plan in this Toolkit aims to help organisation to respond in the case of accidents, serious incidents or any event triggering a crisis. Finally, the Safety Management Database User Guide provides example registers of typical helicopter hazards and risks in Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations, a unique feature provided by the EHEST for safety management purposes.
Further information on the toolkit can be found here.
The EHEST is the European branch of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and the helicopter component of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI). The EHEST is a voluntary safety partnership co-chaired by EASA, Eurocopter and the European Helicopter Operators Committee (EHOC).
|30/07/2012||PRESS RELEASE: Latest annual review of aviation safety published by EASA.|
|05/07/2012||PRESS RELEASE: EASA welcomes the publication of the final report on the safety investigation of the accident of flight AF 447 on 1 June 2009.|
|29/06/2012||The EASA Cockpit Automation Survey has been extended until July the 23rd. This survey is aimed at consolidating the Automation Policy developed by the EASA Internal Group on Personnel Training (IGPT) following the EASA International Conference on Pilot Training of November 2009 and the International Conference Staying in Control Loss of Control Prevention and Recovery of October 2011. The Policy addresses flight deck automation of complex aircraft and focuses on control automation.|
|29/05/2012||1st European Aviation Safety Plan (EASp) implementation and review summit|
EASA called together European States in the first summit of its kind to address progress against the common goals of the European Aviation Safety Plan. To tackle aviation safety risks, now and for the future, effort is needed at both National and European level. The summit was organised to take the temperature of our aviation safety system. Safety Management Systems start to become a reality as more and more States put in place a State Safety Programme. The European Commission, EASA and several Member States took this opportunity to show the links among the systems put in place at each level. More than 40 delegates contributed new ideas on the way forward. The meeting closed by reviewing the progress made on the draft ICAO Annex 19 as well as the activities of the Safety Management International Collaboration Group (SMICG).
|21/05/2012||The Part-66/Part-147 and the Contracting of continuing airworthiness management workshops of 27-28/06/2012 are now open for registration.|
Extended deadline: Feedback on contracting of continuing airworthiness can be provided until 31 May 2012 using the feedback questionnaire.
|11/05/2012||The Agency has published the Aircrew Regulation derogation table.|
|03/05/2012||EASA grants initial type certificate to Airbus Military for the A400M|
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued on Thursday 3 May 2012 a so-called restricted type certificate (RTC) for the Airbus A400M aircraft. This first approval was presented by EASA Executive Director Patrick Goudou at an internal ceremony in Toulouse, France.
The RTC is a major milestone towards the award of a full EASA civil type certification which is expected in mid-2012 after a dedicated function and reliability flight test campaign will have been completed.
The A400M is a medium range large aeroplane with four turboprop engine, eight blades propellers, a maximum take-off weight of 137,5 Tons and a maximum ferry range of 4700 Nautical miles.
This A400M civil aircraft configuration and EASA certification will be the baseline for a subsequent recommendation for the military version of the A400M aircraft to be certified by the respective Military Airworthiness National Authorities, in accordance with their particular military certification and qualification requirements.
In addition to the aircraft RTC issued today, EASA previously issued the type certificates for the turboprop engine TP400-D6 granted to Europrop International on 6 May 2011 and for the propellers granted to Ratier-Figeac on 22 March 2012.
|30/04/2012||EASA Cockpit Automation Survey|
This survey is aimed at consolidating the Automation Policy developed by the EASA Internal Group on Personnel Training (IGPT) following the EASA International Conference on Pilot Training of November 2009 and the International Conference Staying in Control Loss of Control Prevention and Recovery of October 2011.
This Policy addresses flight deck automation of complex aircraft and focuses on control automation.
The EASA Automation Policy adopts an innovative approach consisting of mapping crew-automation interaction issues, design and certification and training principles, and respective regulatory provisions to identify top issues and paths for improvement.
This survey evaluates your degree of agreement with the identified automation issues and suggested paths for improvement. Results will help orienting future EASA work on the subject and developing an action plan.
To participate click here.
|26/04/2012||The Agency has published the following Decisions on Aircrew:|
Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material to Part-ARA and Part-ORA, and Guidance Material to Part-CC. These decisions provide the AMC and GM to Commission Regulation (EU) No 290/2012 amending the Aircrew Regulation 1178/2011. It therefore completes the set of requirements of the new Aircrew Regulation.
|26/04/2012||The Agency has published the following Decisions on Aircrew:|
Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material to Part-ARA and Part-ORA, and Guidance Material to Part-CC. These decisions provide the AMC and GM to Commission Regulation (EU) No 290/2012 amending the Aircrew Regulation 1178/2011. It therefore completes the set of requirements of the new Aircrew Regulation.
|20/04/2012||The Agency has published an Amendment to Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material to Part-M, Part-145, Part-66 and Part-147. The related documents are available under Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material page.|
|11/04/2012||Commission Regulation (EU) No 290/2012 of 30 March 2012 has been published in the Official Journal. It is amending Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to civil aviation aircrew. It contains the additional three annexes of the aircrew regulation covering the qualification of cabin crew, the authority requirements and the organisation requirements for aircrew. The Agency intends to publish the corresponding Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) in the coming weeks.|
|04/04/2012||Further information on the application of the FCL and OPS implementing rules can be found here and here.|
|23/03/2012||The draft agenda of the Ground De-icing Workshop is now available. For more information click here.|
|08/03/2012||On 7 March, the Council of ICAO unanimously adopted amendments to Annexes 2 and 7 of the Chicago Convention, achieving a key milestone for the insertion of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the total aviation system (not only the airspace, but the full body of safety rules which apply to aviation). The new standards, developed by the UAS Study Group, which included EASA and several other European organisations, will be applicable from 15 November this year. For more information click here.|
|07/03/2012||The Ground De-icing Workshop is now open for registration. For more information click here.|
|02/03/2012||Application Form for Evaluation of Flight Simulators now published.|
As of 8th April 2012 the Agency becomes responsible for the evaluation of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) located outside the territory of the EU Member States. Organisations operating those FSTD are kindly requested to apply to EASA as from now using the new application form 129-Issue 2 for the evaluation of their devices. The form is available here.
|08/02/2012||EASA mandates further inspections of the wings of A380
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published Wednesday 8 February 2012 an Airworthiness Directive to mandate a so-called High Frequency Eddy Current inspection of the wings of Airbus A380 in service.
This directive is a second interim measure to prevent any unsafe conditions following a first directive issued 3 weeks ago. Aircraft that have accumulated less than 1216 flights will have to be inspected upon accumulation of 1300 flights. Aircraft between 1216 and 1384 flights are to be inspected within six weeks of 13 February 2012. Aircraft that have completed more than 1384 flights will have to be inspected within three weeks of this date.
EASA and Airbus are working closely together to ensure the continuing safe operations of the A380 aircraft type. In accordance with EASA, Airbus has established a repair scheme if cracks are found during the inspection. In parallel EASA and Airbus are working on a long-term fix to be defined by the summer of 2012 .
|03/02/2012||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on Non-Hazardous Shaft Failures (EASA Proposed CM-PIFS-003 Issue 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page|
|03/02/2012||The agency issued a Type Certificate to the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) for the RRJ-95B known as Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100) aircraft. This EASA certificate recognises that SCAC has demonstrated compliance for this aircraft with the EASA Type Certification Basis with applicable airworthiness and environmental requirements. Click here for the press release.|
|02/02/2012||The Agency published today its final Opinion (Opinion 01/2012) on the OPS requirements for non-commercial operations. This concludes a rulemaking process that was started in 2006. The rules distinguish between general aviation with non-complex aircraft and general or business aviation with complex aircraft. It is the first time that Europe will have harmonised operational requirements for this aviation sector. The Opinion is sent to the Commission which will adopt these rules.|
|26/01/2012||EASA today published the Comment Response Document (CRD 2011-05) on implementing rules on Third Country Operators (TCO) engaged in Commercial Air Transportation (CAT) in Europe. The CRD is available for comments by all stakeholders until 26 March 2012.|
|23/01/2012||EASA POA section has developed a user guide available in the Production Organisations page in order to support POA application and POA process|
|20/01/2012||EASA mandates prompt detailed visual inspections of the wings of 20 A380s|
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published Friday 20 January 2012 an Airworthiness Directive to mandate a prompt detailed visual inspection of the wings of 20 Airbus A380.
This inspection, which applies to aircraft that have already completed more than 1300 flights, will have to be performed within six weeks of 24 January 2012. Aircraft that have completed more than 1800 flights will have to be inspected within four days of this date.
EASA and Airbus are working closely together to ensure the continuing safe operations of the A380 aircraft type. In accordance with EASA, Airbus has established a repair scheme if cracks are found during the inspection.
EASA continues to review the situation closely. As a result of the on-going investigation, further mandatory actions may be considered.
|18/01/2012||EASA today published the Comment Response Document (CRD) on implementing rules on Flight and Duty Time Limitations and rest requirements for commercial air transport with aeroplanes, commonly known as FTL regulations. A special edition of EASA News on this CRD can be downloaded from here|
|06/01/2012||Modest improvement for global aviation safety in 2011|
|20/12/2011||Following the publication of the Implementing Rules for the first 4 annexes of the future European Air Crew Regulation, EASA published today the Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC/GM) related to Part-FCL. This, together with the publication of AMC/GM related to Part-MED last week, will allow the competent authorities, pilots, training organisations, aeromedical examiners, general medical practitioners and aeromedical centres to prepare for the entry into force of the new regulation on 8 April 2012. The new rules will contribute to a simpler, more cost-effective and efficient framework to obtain both commercial and non-commercial pilot licenses. The related documents are available under Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material page.|
|16/12/2011||The Agency has published Decision on AMC and GM to Part-MED. The related documents are available under Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material page.|
|15/12/2011||The Agency has issued a Type Certificate for Boeing model 747-8 following FAA Certification on 14 December. The 747-8 is a conventional transport category passenger airplane powered by four GEnx2B67 engines. It is a derivative of the existing 747-400 airplane and is considered a significantly changed product per the criteria defined in EASA Part 21A.101. This significant product level change is comprised of both functional and physical changes.|
|13/12/2011||Aerodromes NPA: EASA today published Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2011-20 containing draft rules for the certification, management, operation and design of aerodromes. Airports open for commercial air transport with at least one paved runway of 800 metres or more are addressed in these proposals. Click here to access the NPA and here to open the related press release.|
|12/12/2011||The Agency has published Decision 2011/012/R on CS-31GB/Initial Issue (Gas Balloons). The related documents are available under Certification Specifications page.|
|12/12/2011||The Agency has published Amendment 1 to Certification Specifications for Hot Balloons (CS-31HB). The related documents are available under Certification Specifications page..|
|05/12/2011||The Agency has published Amendment 9 to AMC/GM Part-21. The related documents are available under Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material page.|
|01/12/2011||The Agency has published Amendment 6 to Acceptable Means of Compliance and Amendment 3 to Guidance Material (Part-145). The related documents are available under Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material page.|
|30/11/2011||The Agency has published Amendment 11 to Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (Part-66).The related documents are available under Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material page..|
|28/11/2011||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on "Quality of Recording of Cockpit Voice Recorder" (EASA Proposed CM-AS-001 Issue 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page|
|07/11/2011||Two new Commission Regulations on ATM/ANS enter into force|
The first Commission Regulations on Air Traffic Management and Air Navigation Services (ATM/ANS) based on the EASA’s opinions enter into force today. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1034/2011 on safety oversight in ATM/ANS and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1035/2011 laying down common requirements for the provision of air navigation services were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 18 October 2011. Click here for more information.
|17/10/2011||The High Level Conference organised by the European Commission (EC) and the European Defence Agency (EDA) in 2010 recommended further action on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at community level. Therefore, the EC has launched a Panel process, being carried out through five Workshops. The third of these, focussing on safety and certification aspects, will take place on 19 October 2011 at EUROCONTROL. After two more Workshops, the Panel is expected to deliver its final report to the EC in Spring 2012 contributing towards a community strategy on UAS. Click here for more information.|
|13/10/2011||New traineeship programme launched at EASA!|
|21/09/2011||EASA publishes proposed rules for pilots flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions|
|16/09/2011||Register Now for EASA Web Conferences on Future Rules for Non-Commercial Air Operations
EASA is offering stakeholders two Web conferences dedicated to the future rules for non-commercial air operations (OPS).
The first conference, on 29 September, focuses on Part-NCC which contains the rules for non-commercial operations of complex motor-powered aircraft. The second conference, on 30 September, focuses on Part-NCO, covering non-commercial operations of other-than-complex motor-powered aircraft. Registrations are now open and places are limited.
The Web conference on Part-NCC will take place on 29 September from 15:00 to 17:00. Further details, the Agenda and registration information can be found here.
|31/08/2011||ATCO Regulation enters into force|
Today Wednesday 31 August marks the entry into force of new European rules for the licensing and medical certification of air traffic controllers. With this, EASA has contributed the first Implementing Rule of the extension of the Agency’s competence to Air Traffic Management (ATM). Click here to read the related press release and here to access the briefing on the ATM mini-site.
|30/08/2011||Helicopter Ditching, Water Impact & Survivability Workshop is now open for registration|
|24/08/2011||The Agency has published Amendment 8 to AMC/GM Part-21. The related documents are available under Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material page..|
|19/08/2011||EASA today handed over the type-certificate to Boeing for the B747-8F, the freighter version of the latest generation of the 747 family. The aircraft has shown compliance to EASA certification standards and is ready to enter into service later this year with Luxemburg based operator, Cargolux. At a joint ceremony organised this morning in Seattle, Boeing also received FAA certification for the type.|
|16/08/2011||Part-M GA Workshop on the implementation of Part-M requirements in the area of General Aviation is now open for registration..|
|30/06/2011||The Agency has published Decision 2011/005/R on CS-LSA/Initial Issue. The related documents are available under Certification Specifications page..|
|30/06/2011||The Agency has published Amendment 11 to Certification Specifications for Large Aeroplanes (CS-25). The related documents are available under Certification Specifications page..|
|01/06/2011||The Agency has published the Opinion No 04/2011 on Air Operations.|
The related documents are available here.
|23/05/2011||EASA today published a revised Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) that introduces the draft guidance material for safety risk assessment developed by the ICAO International Volcanic Ash Task Force|
|17/05/2011||Communication concerning Export Certificate of Airworthiness following BASA between United States and European Union|
|04/05/2011||The Agency has published an Advance Notice of Proposed Amendment (A-NPA) - Consultation on the ICAO IVATF paper about the management of flight operations with known or forecast volcanic cloud contamination|
|12/04/2011||Volcanic ash crisis exercise to test new procedures|
|12/04/2011||EASA presents proposals to simplify the conditions for operations by Third Country Operators in Europe|
|23/03/2011||The Agency has published Amendment 8 to General Acceptable Means of Compliance for Airworthiness of Products, Parts and Appliances ( alt). The related documents are available under Certification Specifications page..|
|23/03/2011||EASA proposes new certification rules for large aeroplanes and turbine engines flying in icing conditions.|
|15/03/2011||EU and US agreement on civil aviation safety to come into force on 1 May 2011. For more information click here.|
|02/03/2011||EASA cancels mandatory inspections on Trent 900 engines. For more information click here.|
|25/02/2011||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on "Access to and Opening of Type III and IV Exits on Aeroplanes with Passenger Seating Capacities of 19 or Fewer" (Proposed CM-CS-002 Issue 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page.|
|21/02/2011||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on "Compliance with CS-25 Bird Strike Requirements" (Proposed CM-S-001 Issue: 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page.|
|10/02/2011||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on "Software Aspects of Certification" (Proposed CM-SWCEH-002 Issue: 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page.|
|10/02/2011||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on "Development Assurance of Airborne Electronic Hardware" (Proposed CM CM-SWCEH-001 Issue: 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page.|
|10/02/2011||The Agency proposes to issue a Certification Memorandum on "Use of the Aircraft Materials Fire Test Handbook #DOT/FAA/AR-00/12" (Proposed CM-CS-001 Issue: 01). The related document is available for public consultation under Current consultations page.|
|20/12/2010||EASA proposes a new set of harmonised European rules to avoid crew fatigue. Click here for more information.|
|17/12/2010||The Agency has published Amendment 2 to Certification Definitions. The related documents are available under Certification Specifications page..|
|17/12/2010||The Agency has published Amendment 7 to AMC/GM Part-21. The related documents are available under Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material page..|
|17/12/2010||The Agency has published Amendment 7 to General Acceptable Means of Compliance for Airworthiness of Products, Parts and Appliances ( alt). The related documents are available under Certification Specifications page.|
|16/12/2010||Questions and Answers related to Part 21 DOA Implementation Workshop now available.|
|15/12/2010||The Agency has published the Opinion No 07/2010 for a Commission Regulation XXX/2010 laying down Implementing Rules for the medical certification of pilots and medical fitness of cabin crew. The related documents are available under the Opinions page .|
|14/12/2010||The Agency has published Amendment 10 to Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (Part-66). The related documents are available under Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material page.|
|10/12/2010||The consolidated Part-145 rules are ready and can be downloaded from the Technical Publications page. The printed Part-M handbook and CD will be for sale on the same page within the next 2 weeks.|
|03/12/2010||A Safety Recommendation of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in charge of the investigation has led Rolls-Royce, in agreement with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), to launch an additional immediate "once-around-the fleet" inspection. This inspection is a one time focused borescope measurement inspection of the High/Intermediate Turbine bearing support structure oil feed tube for concentricity of the counter-bore and inspection of related components. |
This additional inspection is welcome by EASA as a beneficial precautionary measure, and it will enable gather data on potential misalignment of the counter-bore within the inner diameter of the concerned pipe. Non compliant engines will be rejected. EASA will monitor the results of the inspections performed, as well as further analysis from Rolls-Royce, and decide whether revised or additional mandatory action needs to be taken.
The safety of the Trent 900 fleet is currently ensured by the inspection requirements of EASA Airworthiness Directive of November 22 associated to Rolls-Royce Non Modification Service Bulletin of that date. For now there is no change to the requirements of the EASA directive.
In addition, EASA has approved an upgrade of the electronic controller software (FADEC) of the Trent 900 Intermediate Pressure Turbine Overspeed protection. This software is designed to monitor several parameters and lead to engine automatic shutdown whenever necessary.
|25/11/2010||CRD to NPA 2009-02 - "Air Operations" is available under CRD page|
This CRD contains the Cover Regulation Air Operations, Annex I – Definitions, Part-CAT and Part-SPA. Stakeholders can provide their reactions by 15 February 2011.
|22/11/2010||EASA has today issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) which supersedes that of the 11 November 2010 issued following the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine incident involving a Qantas Airbus A380.|
The incident investigation continues. However inspection data from in-service engines has been gathered and analysed. The results show the need to amend the inspection procedures required by the EAD of 11 November 2010, retaining the inspection of the air buffer cavity and focusing on the oil service tubes within the high pressure and intermediary pressure structure.
This EASA directive still makes it mandatory for airlines operating Airbus A380 aircraft equipped with Trent 900 engines to perform repetitive inspections, a first one within a maximum of 10 flights, then at intervals not exceeding 20 flights. If any discrepancy is found following these inspections, further engine operation shall be prohibited.
The requirements of this EAD are considered interim action as the investigation led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is yet to deliver its final conclusions.
|19/11/2010||EASA to ensure Single Sky technology complies with highest safety standards|
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the entity coordinating the Single European Sky Air traffic management and Research programme (SESAR Joint Undertaking) signed last week a cooperation agreement to secure EASA support regarding the implementation of the SESAR programme.
EASA expertise will cover domains such as certification assessment of future systems/services derived from SESAR concepts, methodologies for the acceptable elaboration of safety deliverables (safety cases, safety assessments...), review of these safety deliverables and issue of opinions, impact on the rulemaking procedures of the analysis of new concepts and oversight and certification activities of EASA. Additionally, EASA will provide input in different work packages and will participate in updating the Air Traffic Management Master Plan as well as the regulatory and standardisation roadmaps.
The participation of safety experts from Eurocontrol is expected to support EASA in this activity. The cooperation agreement has now been sent to Eurocontrol for acceptance.
|11/11/2010||The European Aviation Safety Agency issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) following the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine related incident involving a Qantas Airbus A380 operating a flight from Singapore to Sydney on November 4, 2010.|
The investigation led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Technical experts from Rolls-Royce, Airbus and EASA are providing their support to the investigators in order to determine the cause of the incident.
Analysis of the preliminary elements from the incident investigation shows that an oil fire in the high pressure and intermediate pressure structure cavity of the engine may have caused the failure of the Intermediate Pressure Turbine disc. Pending conclusion of the incident investigation, and following a comprehensive one-time inspection programme developed by the engine manufacturer and now completed for all engines involved, the EASA directive makes it mandatory for airlines operating Airbus A380 aircraft equipped with Trent 900 engines to perform repetitive inspections, a first one within a maximum of 10 flights, then after every 20 flights. If any discrepancy is found following these inspections, further engine operation shall be prohibited.
EASA certified the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine in October 2004.
Please find additional information on the following link.
|10/11/2010||EASA awarded today an Aircraft Type Certificate to Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen Regional Jet|
The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is the largest member of the Bombardier CRJ Series family of regional jets. It was officially launched on February 19, 2007 to meet the requirements of regional airlines for increased capacity and lower seat-mile costs. Transport Canada also issued a Type Certificate for the aircraft today.
|05/11/2010||The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is actively contributing in clarifying the situation following the Thursday 4 November engine related incident involving a Qantas Airbus A380 operating a flight from Singapore to Sydney, Australia. The Agency has already sent experts to Singapore to participate in the incident investigation.|
In accordance with its legal competence, EASA will review the incident with all parties involved including the aircraft manufacturer, engine manufacturer, aircraft operator, the concerned accident investigation boards and local authorities.
|29/10/2010||The Agency has published the EASA Certification Information 2010-07: Surrender of DGAC France Type Certificate Nr. 80. Click here for more information.|
|18/10/2010||The Agency has published the Opinion No 05/2010 for a Commission Regulation XXX/2010 laying down common airspace usage requirements and operating procedures. The related documents are available here.|
EASA yesterday published the Comment Response Documents (CRD) containing the revised text of Part-Cabin Crew (CC) in the field of air operations and personnel. These proposals received 423 comments which the Agency has considered for the CRD.
Part-CC specifies rules for the qualification of cabin crew involved in commercial air transport operations, including a requirement to hold a valid cabin crew attestation. Part-CC will be part of a Commission Regulation on civil aviation personnel requirements, together with Part-FCL on pilot licensing and Part-MED on the medical certification of pilots and the medical fitness of cabin crew.
As jointly agreed by the Agency, the EASA Management Board and the European Commission for Notices of Proposed Amendment (NPA) related to air operations, the new method of processing comments was used for this CRD. A table provides the amended text, a summary of comments received, the Agency response and, when relevant, an indication of rule sources. Documents released also include the cover regulation with proposed transitional measures, the revised legal texts and related soft-law.
The documents can be accessed by clicking here and stakeholders have until the 7 December 2010 to send reactions via the Comment Response Tool. The Agency will take note of the reactions when developing its Opinion which is expected to be published and submitted to the European Commission during spring 2011.
|05/10/2010||EASA/FAA will hold Briefing Sessions on the Koito Seats AD/NPRM. Registration is still open via the EASA Events page|
EASA yesterday published the Comment Response Documents (CRDs) containing the revised text of Part-Authority Requirements (AR) and Part Organisation Requirements (OR) in the field of air operations and personnel. These proposals received over 8,400 comments which the Agency has considered for the CRDs.
The key elements of Part-AR include the oversight of all persons and organisations exercising their activity within the territory of EASA Member States, a transparent process for the approval of alternative means of compliance and the transposition of the Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Directive for ramp inspections of aircraft operated by European Community or by foreign operators.
Part-OR introduces common management system requirements integrating compliance monitoring and safety management provisions to ensure full compliance with the relevant ICAO standards. These can be adapted to the size of the organisation and nature and complexity of its activities. Part-OR includes organisational requirements for commercial operators, operators of complex motor-powered aircraft, approved training organisations and aero-medical centres.
Considering the volume of comments received for the three Notices of Proposed Amendment (NPA) related to operations, flight crew licensing and medical, EASA agreed with the Management Board and the European Commission on a new method of processing comments received. A summary table provides the amended text, a summary of comments received, the Agency response and, when relevant, an indication of rule sources. Documents released also include the cover regulations with proposed transition measures, the revised legal texts and related soft-law.
The documents can be accessed by clicking here and stakeholders have until the 6 December 2010 to send reactions via the Comment Response Tool. The Agency will take note of the reactions when developing its Opinion which is expected to be published and submitted to the European Commission during spring 2011.
The global helicopter community will come together at the Fourth International Helicopter Safety Symposium (IHSS) on 3 and 4 October 2010 in Cascais, Portugal. Industry, EASA and other authorities, representative associations and operators will participate in an international conference about global and local progress towards the targeted 80% reduction in the helicopter accident rate by 2016 set by the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). This year, IHSS will be hosted by the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST), the European component of IHST.
At this pivotal time when regional partners are moving from data analysis to setting up Safety Implementation Teams to deliver and monitor real world safety interventions in their regions, this symposium provides an exciting opportunity to share experience and best practices with counterparts from around the world.
Interactive workshops will address the International Helicopter Safety Team’s four priority safety enhancement areas: Safety Management Systems, Data Monitoring, Crew Resource Management and Training. Further innovative safety initiatives will also be addressed including the ways to apply business aviation safety best practices to the helicopter world.
Registration procedure and additional information about IHSS 2010 can be accessed by clicking here
|03/09/2010||Internal Audit Section of EASA receives IFACI certification. Click here for more information.|
|02/09/2010||The Agency has published the EASA Certification Information 2010-04: Transfer of Supplemental Type Certificates from Airbus Deutschland GmbH to Airbus SAS. Click here for more information.|
|27/08/2010||The Agency has published the Opinion No 04/2010 for a Commission Regulation XXX/2010 laying down Implementing Rules for Pilot Licensing. The related documents are available here.|
|09/08/2010||The Agency has published Amendment 9 to Certification Specifications, including Airworthiness Code and Acceptable Means of Compliance, for Large Aeroplanes (« CS-25 »). Other related documents are available under Certification Specifications page.|
The Internal Audit Section of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) attained in July 2010 the highest accolade possible with regard to it’s working practise, with the receipt of the Certificate of the "Institut Français de l‘Audit et du Contrôle Internes" (IFACI). EASA is the first Regulatory Agency and the first Executive Agency of the European Union to obtain the IFACI Certificate.
Patrick Goudou, EASA Executive Director declared: "This certification demonstrates the commitment of EASA’s Audit Section to the International Professional Practise Framework (IPPF) and its added value to the Agency. In addition to this, it illustrates the Agency's commitment to good governance and its drive for continuous improvement in a control environment".
The audit was performed by the IFACI, an affiliate of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), over a period of a week and included an assessment of the Audit Section against each element of the standards. The approach to the testing was a combination of the European Quality Standards 45011 and the IIA’s International Standards making it a rigorous audit. This assessment was complimented with interviews of both auditees and stakeholders.
In conjunction with a positive assessment against the Standards, the auditor noted some best practices, including the presence of the Audit Section in the Integrated Management System of the Agency, the integration of the fundamentals of the International Internal Audit Framework and transparency through the Agency intranet, where the charter, procedures, and the annual audit programme are published.
EASA joins a number of large and well known organisations who have received the IFACI certification. 15 certificates have already been delivered, including seven to companies who are members of the French Stock Market index CAC40 such as France Telecom, SNCF, Total S.A. and Renault.
|27/07/2010||The Agency has adopted its 4-year Rulemaking Programme for 2011-2014.|
|07/04/2010||Better regulation for general aviation - presentation on the status of activities|
|02/09/2009||Presentation by Patrick Goudou, Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency to the Committee for Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament FR|
Child seat certified by EASA in 2006.
The most common method is the "loop belt" which is attached to the seat belt of adult holding the child on his or her lap. A number of airlines provide the option of using car child seats which are secured to an individual passenger seat.
The German Airline Association (BDF) has published a list of child seats currently accepted by its member airlines. Click here to download the list from the BDF website. EASA welcomes this initiative and encourages all European airlines to provide similar passenger information.
EASA has also certified a dedicated aircraft child seat for specific aircraft types and currently in use by one EU airline.
If you want more information about flying with child seats, please inquire about the terms and conditions with your airline or travel office.
Mr Goudou met the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pottering in Brussels on 15 April 2009. Topics discussed during this institutional visit were the Agency's growth and extension of responsibilities. Mr Pottering confirmed his appreciation of the work of the Agency and promised he would support its further development.
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|08/10/2008||Speech by Patrick Goudou - EC Seminar on the Single European Sky FR|
International Air Transport Association (IATA) signs pledge of commitment at the Agency's headquarters in Cologne
ECAST pledge signed by IATA Senior Vice-President Gunther Matschnigg
and EASA Executive Director Patrick Goudou on 27 June 2008.
Cologne. The European Commercial Aviation Safety Team (ECAST) achieved an important step forward, when IATA underlined its commitment to aviation safety by signing the pledge of ECAST members. ECAST is part of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI) launched by the Agency as a ten year programme to continuously enhance aviation safety in Europe.
"Organisations signing the pledge underline their willingness to maintain and enhance a high level of aviation safety in European through joint cooperation. The Agency strongly welcomes IATA's commitment to ECAST and hopes that other participating organisations will follow its example", says Patrick Goudou, EASA's Executive Director.
The first component of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI), ECAST is a voluntary partnership between EASA, non-governmental organisations, intergovernmental bodies and regulators, including national aviation authorities, and operators, research organisations, as well as aircraft and equipment manufacturers aiming at enhancing commercial aviation safety in Europe and worldwide. The group is currently elaborating guidance material for European industry to support the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS).
For further information, visit easa.europa.eu/essi.
|25/06/2008||Speech by Patrick Goudou on 15 July 2008 at the European Parliament - Transport|
|24/04/2008||EASA: The way forward - Speech by Patrick Goudou - 2008 Annual Conference of the Royal Aeronautical Society.|
On 17 April representatives of eleven National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) met at the Agency for the official launch of the "Pool of Experts".
The creation of the Pool of Experts is based on an initiative of the EASA/NAAs Certification Transition Working Group (ENACT) aiming at a more efficient usage of the expertise available within EASA and NAAs for performing the various European and national certification tasks.
The main purpose of the Pool of Experts is to provide assistance to NAAs where required, undertaking tasks relating to national projects for which the NAAs continue to have responsibility. Tasks performed by NAAs on behalf of EASA are not conducted through the Pool of Experts. These tasks are handled by separate individual EASA/NAA framework contracts.
Over a period of approximately one year the Pool of Experts Working Group, composed of representatives of NAAs and EASA, has established the legal, contractual, administrative and financial prerequisites for a commonly agreed, transparent and fast mutual support among NAAs in the area of product certification.
Meanwhile the NAAs of Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom have declared their will to cooperate in the Pool of Experts and nine of them have already signed the formal declaration of membership.
The photo shows the participants of the launch-meeting on 17 April and the symbolic handover of a signed declaration of membership between the chairmen of the Pool of Experts Working Group Marnix van der Heijde (CAA-NL) and Frank Steffens (EASA/NAA Relationships Section).
|20/09/2006||Conference on the Future of Aviation Regulation in Europe - Speech by Patrick Goudou|