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EASA publishes updates to Balloon & Sailplane Rule Book – Easy Access Rules

EASA published the September 2020 revision of the Balloon & Sailplane Rule Books and Easy Access Rules.

The revised publications contain the following changes:

Balloon Rule Book – Easy Access Rules – Revision from September 2020
This publication contains the applicable rules on air operations, licensing, maintenance and certification of balloons. It includes the current Implementing Rules (IRs), Certification Specifications (CS), Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM), displayed in a consolidated, easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks.
The revision from September 2020 incorporates  the following: 

  • Amending Regulation (EU) 2020/357 (Air operations, updated with new Annex III to Reg. (EU) 2018/395 containing rules on balloon pilot licences); 
  • Annex Vb (Part-ML) to Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 on Continuing Airworthiness (as amended by Regulations (EU) 2019/1383, (EU) 2019/1384 and (EU) 2020/270); 
  • ED Decision 2020/003/R (new AMC & GM on balloon pilot licences);
  • Part-ML AMC/GM issued by ED Decision 2020/002/R (Continuing Airworthiness). 

Sailplane Rule Book – Easy Access Rules – Revision from September 2020
This publication contains the applicable rules on air operations, licensing and certification of sailplanes. It includes the current Implementing Rules (IRs), the certification specifications (CS) for sailplanes and powered sailplanes (CS-22), Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM), displayed in a consolidated, easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks.
The revision from September 2020 incorporates the following: 

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/358 (amending the Cover Regulation, Annex I and Annex II and introducing new Annex III — Requirements for Sailplanes Flight Crew Licensing (Part-SFCL) to Reg. (EU) 2018/1976); 
  • ED Decision 2020/004/R (new AMC and GM to Annex III (Part-SFCL)).

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