EAS Meeting was held in Istanbul this weekend over 3 days with participation of EAS volunteers, national air clubs and European federations. On Saturday Jules Kneepkens (Rulemaking Director, EASA), Filip Conelis (Head of Aviation Safety DG MOVE, European Commission) and Jurki Pajaanen (Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission) participated in the EAS meeting.
Minutes from the meeting will be sent out as soon as I receive them from EAS.
I have attached some of the many presentation which may have your interest.
The major point for HG/PG at the meeting is the SERA demands transponder for all airspace users. There is even a possibility that this will not only be in airspace A-C, but will be mandatory for all other airspaces as G.
More and more commercial RPAS operators want to use drones as well as many governments (air force) already does. EAS’s and EHPU’s opinion is that we must not get additional cost or limitations. But this increases the pressure for all airspace users having a transponder. Other visual system is under development, but no system has proven safe yet.
EAS volunteers is working close to EC and EASA to make sure that this will not be the case for many year, since this is just not technical possible at the moment for airspace users as us.
Many National Aviation Authorities interpret SERA and EASA rules more harsh then intended by EC and this is against the idée of a Standardised European Rules of the Air. It must work both ways. EAS’s delegates therefore ask EASA to help with NAAs understanding. But this may not help us since we are in national regulated in Annex II, so NAA can demand us to comply to SARA anyway and even apply more restrictions.
I think we must be very happy for EAS getting EASA and EC to support the GA strategy, even thou the administration and rule makers may sometime forget it. This may help us a lot in EASA on the European level when GA is forgotten in new rulemaking.
Several Delegates from “Annex II” European federation agreed in EHPU’s opinion of ensuring grandfathers’ right for the sky for all Europeans, so the skies will not only become available for military, commercial or very rich people. To many unnecessary rules and demand of expensive equipment in the lower airspace classes will prevent normal people access to the air in a time where this is possible for even the lower income classes in the society. I did say it in a nice and in friendly tone, since EAS have gotten a very good relation with EASA and EC. But I did make a little fun of not being comfortable with having a microwave transmitter in the cockpit so close to the pilot’s private parts.
8,33 kHz radio are already implemented in 6 busy areas in Europe and will be fully implemented in 2018 in all of EASA airspace. This only concerns our pilots with VHF certificates for flight radio (108,000 MHz to 136,975 MHz). So this will also add new cost to pilots who fly in regulated airspace.
EAS is monitoring all this matters for us and they have already helped us by spotting the demand for occurrence reporting for all Annex II plains and EAS have hopefully gotten this removed finally. Hard working volunteers in EAS as David Roberts, Rudi Schuegraf, Julian Scarfe and professional lobbyist Timo Schubert are aware of EHPUs concerns and will help us in any way they can. Also if we change our opinion of not being part of the SERA and EASA rule making. Big thanks to all the EAS volunteers, whom works for all of us in general aviation.
EAS volunteers may need the help of EHPU experts and maybe also help from federation experts to advice EAS and EASA, so we may get the right rules which suit our needs. There may also come a time where we will need to influence our national EU politicians. EAS hope to get EASA to put the right wording to EC and EP, but it may be changed in the process and you as national federation will need to contact your national member of European Commission and maybe EU Parliament. If this happens I will try to send out a list over all the current members and we will need to draft a suggestion which your federations can translate and use.
EAS finances are also an annual deficit since several National Air Clubs have not been able to paid EAS fee the last 1 or 2 years, but fee will be the same in 2014 and 2015.
Fly in peace