Opinion No 05/2022

Regular update of air operation rules — Postponement of the requirements for locating an aircraft in distress

The objective of this Opinion is to ensure a smooth implementation of means to locate large aeroplanes when they are in distress.

This Opinion proposes to amend the applicability dates 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’), following the postponement of the applicability dates of the related Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 6, Part I.

The proposed amendment will incorporate the related ICAO SARPs and is expected to reduce regulatory burden and to bring economic benefits to European commercial air transport (CAT) operators.