- First companies sign up to EASA programme to monitor COVID-19 operations in practice
COLOGNE, June 4, 2020 â€“ The first aviation companies have signed up to the European Union Aviation Safety Agencyâ€™s (EASA) charter for the return to normal operations under COVID-19, pledging to work with their national authorities to put measures in place to support health safety â€“ and to report back on their experiences to help other organisations with their real-life implementations.Â Â
- Update to EASA processing new aircraft configurations for medical transport at high priority
EASA updated the process of certification approvals for special uses of aircraft due to the COVID-19 situation, see previous news item dated March 27, 2020.Â
Organisations are advised that certification approvals of this type will be processed free of charge for industry only for applications received before July 1, 2020.
- EASA updated Annex 1 to EASA Safety Directive 2020-01 and 2020-02 - issue 15
The Annex 1 to EASA Safety Directive 2020-01 & 2020-02 - Enhanced aircraft disinfection for mitigating risks of transmission of the COVID-19 infection, has been updated.
- EASA releases posters summarising EASA/ECDCâ€™s COVID-19 guidance for passengers
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Protection and Control (ECDC) have designed posters providing passengers with an overview of the air travel experience as normal services resume following the outbreak of COVID-19. These summarise the most important elements from the passenger perspective of the EASA/ECDC operational guidelines issued last week.Â
- Flight Time Limitation - temporary exemptions under Article 71(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 (the Basic Regulation)
EASAâ€™s Flight Time Limitation (FTL) guidelines on the use of Article 71.1 of the Basic Regulation were triggered by the urgent need for a coordinated reaction to ensure that certain flights during the COVID-19 pandemic continue in a safe manner. The guidelines were subsequently updated based on feedback received, to take account of the needs of operators during the return to normal operations.
- EASA launches programme to monitor the implementation of its COVID-19 operational protocol
COLOGNE, May 26, 2020 - The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today launched a programme to monitor the implementation of its COVID-19 operational guidelines in real-life situations. The Agency is inviting European airports and airlines with their national authorities to apply the new standards in practice and report back on their experience, with the objective of fine-tuning the guidelines and developing best practices.Â
- Third building block to enable safe VTOL operation and new air mobility in Europe
Cologne, Germany, May 25, 2020 - The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today published proposed methods how to certify hybrid or electric air taxis (VTOL). Therefore, the Agency invites stakeholders and other interested parties to review the plans and provide their comments.Â
- Sunny Swift: Collision avoidance - make yourself seen
- EASA/ECDC issue joint guidelines to assure health safety in air travel despite COVID-19 pandemic
COLOGNE, May 20, 2020 - The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued a joint document defining measures to assure the health safety of air travellers and aviation personnel once airlines resume regular flight schedules following the severe disruption caused by COVID-19.
- EASA offers financial relief to aviation industry companies hit by COVID-19
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has agreed on concrete measures that will offer financial relief to companies in the aviation industry whose business has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. These measures take account of the continued sustainability of EASA and have been agreed with the support of the European Commission.
- EASA announces winners of first GA Safety Award
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is pleased to announce the winners of its first General Aviation (GA) Safety Award.Â The award was launched in April last year at AERO 2019 as part of the Agencyâ€™s ongoing commitment to GA. The GA Safety Award recognises the most safety-beneficial smartphone/tablet application for use by GA pilots.
- EASA published Safety Information Bulletin â€“ Preparation for Aerodromes to resume operations
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) 2020-07 giving guidance to aerodromes to prepare for a return to normal operations. This is part of a wider project to offer guidance across the various aviation domains.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and limitations imposed by individual States, the majority of flights have been suspended and aerodromes have been forced to scale down or suspend their operations until flights resume.Â
- Amendment to the Airspace Requirements on ADS-B and Mode S
- Guidelines for the transport of cargo in passenger aircraft
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has updated its guidelines to support issuance of exemptions for the transport of cargo in passenger compartments.
The update addresses the feedback received as well as the technical content in order to provide differentiated aspects depending on the kind of cargo to be transported.Â
Issue 3 addresses in particular the following elements:
- Rules agreed for application of Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services in Europe
COLOGNE, April 23 â€“ The rules defining the requirements for Air Traffic Management and Air Navigation Services (ATM/ANS) in Europe have been revised to facilitate the uniform application of global standards within Europe, the culmination of a multi-year effort by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to deliver clarity for its stakeholders, in particular the EU Member States. Â Â
- Sunny Swift: TAF, what it means in practice
- Oversight of organisations during COVID-19 crisis
In the context of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, many organisations in aviation are ceasing their activity or only operating at a very low level. Many may even stop doing business or lose a large share of their staff/competences.Â
EASA is applying two fundamental principles in this extreme situation:
- EASA supports the safe repatriation of EU citizens during the COVID-19 crisis
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is providing technical support for the EU-coordinated repatriation of European citizens. Over quarter of a million EU citizens stranded abroad have been or are being repatriated by EU member states via commercial flights applying EASAâ€™s COVID-19 guidance.
- Updated COVID-19 Safety Information Bulletin with clarification on recommendations relating to fans for recirculation of air
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency issued a fourth revision to its COVID-19 Safety Information Bulletin .Â
The new version addresses requests from industry for clarification of the recommendations relating to fans for recirculation of air, with or without HEPA filtration, for aircraft involved in commercial air transport of passengers.Â
Please see the full Safety Information Bulletin 2020-02 for more information.
- Guidance for helicopter operations in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak
The European Union Aviation Safety Authority has issued guidelines on measures that may be taken by helicopter operators in the light of the COVID-19 situation.
The guidelines are addressed in particular to those operators who are in the frontline of managing the COVID-19 outbreak throughout the European Union, not only those operating in high-risk areas.Â
The document contains aviation material that is unlikely to be found in WHO, EDC, and national health procedures.Â
- Airworthiness aspects for installation of patient isolation devices and cockpit separations
In the context of the emergency situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, EASA is giving priority to projects related to the transport of patients infected with COVID-19 as well as protection of crews. The following message is intended specifically for Design Organisations and Operators, and offers updated information on airworthiness and certification aspects.
- EASA publishes first rules for safe drone operations in Europeâ€™s cities
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published the first view worldwide on the use and control of drones in an urban environment, balancing the desire to maximise the commercial and convenience benefits of drones against the need to ensure the safety and privacy of citizens and the potential environmental impact on our cities.
- Potential false claims of EASA approval
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been made aware that, in the current situation of the Coronavirus crisis, some manufacturers are falsely claiming that equipment has been approved by EASA for use in aviation and for the specific purpose of reducing the risk of the virus spreading.
- Airworthiness aspects for transport of cargo in the passenger cabin of Large Aeroplanes
In the context of the emergency situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, EASA has committed to treating projects supporting the collective effort to transport medical supplies and other important goods as efficiently as possible. The following message is intended specifically for Design Organisations and Operators, and offers updated information on airworthiness and certification aspects.
- Updated COVID-19 Safety Information Bulletin includes new recommendations for aircraft operators and aerodrome operators
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published an updated Safety Information Bulletin providing operational recommendations related to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. This aligns it with the Safety Directives and the Guidelines recently issued by EASA to ensure that appropriate preventive measures are taken by the aviation industry to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus in aviation environment.Â
- European Commission and EASA sign a contribution agreement on aviation safety research activities
The European Commission and EASA have signed a contribution agreement on aviation safety research activities, and entrusted EASA with the management of urgent research actions in the area of environmental protection and aviation safety - smart, green and integrated transport. Research activities covered include topics such as environmental research, vulnerability of manned aircraft to drone strikes, and effectiveness of flight time limitations.
- EASA publishes joint report on the Learning Assurance for Neural Networks
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published a report that addresses the challenges posed by the use of Neural Networks in aviation, compiled in conjunction with Daedalean AG, a Zurich-based start-up specialising in the processes required for future autonomous operation of aircraft. Â
- Postponement of SAFE 360Â° (2020)
Postponement of SAFE 360Â° (2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic has truly ushered in some aberrant and challenging times. In view of these developments, the SAFE 360Â° conference will be postponed until the 4th Quarter (Q4) of 2020. The new date for the conference will be announced in the coming weeks, at a time when it has become easier to plan such an event.
- EASA processing new aircraft configurations for medical transport at high priority
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the National Aviation Authorities of the member states are currently receiving many requests for advice on or approval of special uses of aircraft due to the COVID-19 situation. EASA is handling these requests with highest priority.
Requests include the aeromedical transport of COVID-19 patients using specialised equipment on helicopters and airplanes. EASA has the expertise to evaluate the installation of items such as special air transportable isolators, which may pose specific technical and safety related challenges.
- EASA Guidance on Management of Crew Members in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic