ITEMS OF INTEREST FOR HAA MEMBERS FROM THE CAA GENERAL AVIATION CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE - 18 JULY 2007
(a) EASA permits to fly do not apply to Annexe 2 aircraft since they will continue under national control with the existing arrangements. This applies also to ex-military aircraft maintained by A8-20 organisations.
(b) It is unlikely that there will be an EASA part M (light) however
maintenance requirements for aircraft <2000kg MTOM, not used for commercial purposes, are likely to be less onerous than originally proposed. CAAIP is to continue in use in the UK as representing "best practice" since the proposal to use an essentially equivalent FAA publication has been rejected. Some other EASA NAA's are considering the adoption of the UK CAAIP in their own countries.
Our Regulatory Issues Council member Barry Tempest made the point that by far the largest proportion of the world population of general aviation aircraft are registered and operated in the USA under FAA regulation. Barry then asked "is this yet another case of the not invented here syndrome..??". There was no answer from the CAA
(c) All members are encouraged to respond to the open EASA NPA consultation on part M prior to the final date for submissions. This is in September at present but likely to be extended. For those interested the URL for the document is at: http://www.easa.eu.int/doc/Rulemaking/NPA/NPA%202007-08.pdf
There is likely to be a briefing meeting probably at Gatwick in early
Another briefing has been organised for Saturday 11th of August at Turweston Aerodrome by the PFA titled – “PART M WORKSHOP”. Proposed EASA changes to the maintenance regulations affecting most light aircraft with a CofA A Part M Workshop will be under discussion. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Penny Sharpe at the PFA office with your name, e-mail address and daytime contact telephone number. It is aimed at anyone who wishes to attend but mainly at aircraft owners and engineers. Details of the content of the day and agenda will be available next week. Please note that numbers are limited so bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
The PFA website URL is at - http://www.pfa.org.uk/partm.asp
(d) The introduction of 8.33 KHz frequency spacing in all airspace above FL195 is a done deal. This is to provide for the need for a greater number of frequencies to cope with the anticipated expansion of airline traffic in the Eurocontrol countries airspace. Consideration is now being given to a further expansion into lower airspace including TMA's and CTR's. An audit of present frequency allocation in all Eurocontrol states is currently under way to try to release some frequencies for essential allocation. Consultation will take place in due course mainly through the NATMAC forum where the interests of HAA members is directed through AOPA. As a back stop there will be an opportunity to comment through the GACC where HAA is directly represented.
(e) Discussions are in progress towards a simplification of the UK
instrument rating for PPL's. This follows long time pleas from the GA
community on the needless complexity and excessive cost of the present UK system which has done so much to discourage PPL's from getting the rating. The CAA along with appropriate representation from the general aviation community are involved in working group activity.
NOTE - These notes were prepared well in advance of any meeting minutes
so are not necessarily a true reflection of what was said.
Barry Tempest FRAeS
HAA Regulatory Consultant
Author: BARRY TEMPEST
Contact: Barry Tempest
Tel: +44(0) 1780 470273