This Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) addresses harmonisation and level playing field issues related to the commercial operation of performance class A aeroplanes with a maximum operational passenger seating configuration (MOPSC) of 19 or less without an ETOPS approval over routes that contain a point further from an adequate aerodrome than the distance flown in 60 minutes at the one-engine-inoperative cruising speed. These operations are referred to as ‘non-ETOPS operations’.
The objective of this NPA is to harmonise the applicability of non-ETOPS operation requirements for the affected aeroplanes operated by European-based commercial air transport (CAT) operators with similar CAT operators in other parts of the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
This NPA proposes to increase the current non-ETOPS operation mass threshold from 45 360 to 60 000 kg in order to accommodate growth of this market segment and to remove the specific type design approval for non-ETOPS operations between 120 and 180 minutes. This NPA specifically proposes an amendment to Annex IV (Part-CAT) to Regulation (EU) No 965/2012, and in particular to the applicability requirements of point CAT.OP.MPA.140. It also proposes amendments to AMC 20-6, and to the AMCs to CAT.OP.MPA.140.
The proposed amendments will maintain the current level of safety for the affected aeroplanes, while allowing for increased European harmonisation with other regulatory jurisdictions and avoiding undue costs for aeroplane manufacturers and operators.