EASA approval for single-engine turbine commercial operations at night and in IMC, and other news
On 1 March EASA published its long anticipated ruling that will permit commercial air transport operations with single-engined turbine aeroplanes in IMC or at night (CAT SET-IMC) in Europe.
The new regulation, on which work began in the early 1990s, establishes a framework for CAT SET-IMC operations in 32 European states. It will enable the use of modern aeroplanes with a smaller carbon footprint, and ‘will also allow the development of new business based on the opening of new routes which can be operated safely and efficiently only by single-engined turbine aeroplanes,’ the agency says.
‘This is a significant development since several attempts in the past failed to amass sufficient consensus among EU states. This regulation meets and exceeds the relevant ICAO standards, by establishing a coherent framework, fully and proportionally considering the specificities of those operations.’
Pete Bunce, Chief Executive Officer of the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA), which has long campaigned for liberalisation of commercial SET operations in Europe, commented, “We applaud the leadership shown by EASA in guiding this important safety framework forward, along with the many dedicated individuals who helped forge this rule over many years. It will be a welcome development for those underserved by commercial routes to date. GAMA European member companies Daher and Pilatus (who manufacturer the TBM series and PC-12 single-engined turboprops) will undoubtedly be celebrating the loosened restrictions. We are very pleased to see Europe joining other regions in permitting this important form of transport.”
Commercial operators using turboprop singles like the Pilatus PC-12 will benefit from the new rules