Why is my small rotorcraft charged as medium rotorcraft under F&C?
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2153 establishes the EASA Fees and Charges and defines in Part V point (2) the following categories of Rotorcraft Products for this purpose (only):
- VTOL Large Aircraft refers to CS 29 and CS 27 cat A aircraft;
- VTOL Small Aircraft refers to CS-27 aircraft with maximum take-off weight (MTOW) below 3 175 kg and limited to 4 seats, including pilot;
- VTOL Medium Aircraft refers to other CS-27 aircraft.
According to EASA TCDS R.008, the AS350 rotorcraft is a CS27 rotorcraft with MTOW below 3 175kg and a seating capacity of 6, including the pilot. Hence it must be classified as Medium Rotorcraft as per the above definition.
According to EASA TCDS R.146, the AS355 rotorcraft is a CS27 rotorcraft with MTOW below 3 175kg and a seating capacity of 6 (or 7, if an optional two-place seat is installed), including the pilot. Hence it shall be classified as Medium Rotorcraft as per the above definition.
See in particular the EASA Product List – Rotorcraft.