European Commission publishes legislation to enhance global aviation harmonisation

On April 11, 2024, the European Commission published a set of Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) requirements harmonising the EU and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulatory frameworks, to ensure a high uniform level of aviation safety in Europe and globally.

The amending regulations, based on European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Opinion No 02/2023, synchronise SERA with ICAO provisions, clarify, improve, and facilitate the implementation of SERA requirements, and bring operational and safety benefits also in the domains of Air Traffic Management / Air Navigation Services (ATM/ANS) and Aerodromes (ADR).

The new package consists of the following implementing and delegated acts:

updating the SERA framework, as well as the related ATM/ANS Common Requirements and ADR rules, for regulatory consistency.

EASA is working to complete this Rulemaking Task RMT.0476 by issuing the associated acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM), expected in May 2024.