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The work goes on and BREXIT gets nearer

Recently the EASA Committee discussed a number of topics at the latest EASA Committee meeting on 13-14 June including:

  • The New Basic Regulation.
  • The Draft Commission Implementing Regulation (IR) on UAS operations. Draft Commission IR on EASA Opinion amending Regulation 1178/2011 on upset prevention and recovery training.
  • Draft Commission IR amending Regulation 1178/2011 updating Flight Crew Licensing.
  • Draft Commission IR amending Regulation 1178/2011 on modular light aircraft pilot licenses.
  • EASA Opinion on common requirements for providers of ATM/ANS and other ATM management network functions and their oversight; requirements and administrative procedures related to aerodromes; common rules of the air; and operational provisions regarding services and procedures in air navigation. Draft Commission IR on the revision of operational rules for sailplanes.
  • Draft Commission IR amending Regulation 216/2008 on the implementation of ICAO Committee on Environmental Protection.
  • Regulation 748/2012 on the implementation of essential requirements for environmental protection.

The Government has stated its desire and that of the aviation industry to remain a part of EASA but its worth noting too as its often over looked ands that is the UK desire to remain a part of the European Single Sky- At the point at which we leave the EU all existing EASA and SES regulations will become UK law. A no deal Brexit will mean that some things will need to change but we have no detail on this yet.

The legislative process of the new Basic Regulation was concluded at the end of June. At this time, it is understood that the regulation will be published in the EU Official Journal on 22 August and will enter into force on 11 September 2018. This will become law in the UK.

It is understood also in Government circles that the uncertainty over Brexit is having a negative impact on business decisions, but officials say that their hands are bound. At the same the Government is developing and aviation strategy out 2050 and later this year will produce a green paper which will by the end of 2019 ed up as a white paper. DfT officials are promising GA that its views will be taken into account. We shall invite members to input into this process as we want to hear your views on this subject.

So far AOPA has said it wants a more radical approach to airspace ie what will it look like in 10 years from now considering the development of drones. We want to see a reduction in real terms of CAA charges linked to a reduction in the volume of EASA and national rules. For better taxation policies and for more risk- based oversight. We want the CAA again to review how handling charges affects GA access to regional airports. We also think that flight training needs to be more reflective of modern life and therefore we need to review how we teach people to operate and fly light aircraft.

More to follow on all of this but, in the meantime, you are welcome to send your thoughts to info@aopa.co.uk

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