19 June 2018
The European Parliament has finally voted in favour of a new mandate for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). One outcome should be a lighter touch on regulations for General Aviation.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has welcomed the the new EASA ‘Basic Regulation’ which will replace the existing Regulation 216/2008.
“Today’s endorsement by the entire Parliament paves the way for a new, modernised EASA framework in the coming months,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce.
“Industry and EASA are reliant on this new framework to fully realise the benefits of new technologies, oversight methods and the changing aviation landscape.”
Following the Parliament’s final vote on the new Basic Regulation, EU Member States must formally vote on the agreed compromise at Ministerial-level to finish the process. Upon this adoption by the Council of the EU, the new legislation can be published in the EU’s Official Journal and enter into force 20 days later.
Bunce continued, “This has been a mammoth task for all involved, and we truly appreciate the Parliament’s efforts to emphasise the need for appropriate rules for General Aviation, in particular.”
The text contains explicit language on the need for efficient certification and validation procedures, along with new roles for EASA in the areas of oversight, security, research and beyond.