Pi­lot Notes

Pilot - - CONTENTS - The EASA rul­ing can be viewed at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/le­gal-con­tent/en/ TXT/?URI=CELEX:32017R0363

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

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