New regulation for GA
I was surprised recently to discover a whole new batch of regulation for Easa-regulated General Aviation. A quick sweep through the CAA website looking for something else entirely revealed that EASA PART-NCO comes into force this August. It seems to apply to all the EASA aircraft I see at my club.
Amongst the sensible advice and direction appear to be a few potentially costly new rules. For example, a PLB is mandatory for every flight, as is a fire extinguisher and first aid kit. The new rules also take one of our club aircraft out of the instrument flying game due to the requirement for OAT gauge and pitot heat. All these are things that have been mandatory in the commercial world for some time but came as a small surprise to the club. Admittedly this new regulation has been planned for some time. I would be interested in seeing an article or feature on the topic before the rule is in force. George Williams by email
These requirements do not seem to have been promulgated as they should have been. While they do not, as contributor and LAA CEO Steve Slater has pointed out, appear to apply to homebuilts and LAA Permit to Fly NON-EASA aircraft, there has been confusion even within the CAA as to which categories of aircraft are included. We will make sure we report any future developments as they unfold! — Ed.