EasyVFR 3.96.0 is released!

See the Release Notes for details about the improved and new items.

(suomi) Ilmailun verkkokursseja yhteistyössä Suomen Ilmailupalvelut Oy:n ja SMLL:n yhteistyönä

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(suomi) Viimeistelytyöt Oulun lentokentällä jatkuvat

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(suomi) PV:n MUAS-toiminta siirtyy D-alueille

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Updates to FPL Instructions

Instructions for completing the Flight Plan form (FPL) valid from 17AUG17 has been published. There are changes in marking part 19 (supplementary information) of the flight plan. You can find amendments to instructions for completing the Flight Plan form here.

Unfortunately, there won’t be any EU funding for the 8.33 conversion

We have now received the official news that our application for funds on behalf of General Aviation in 19 EU Member States has not been successful. This confirms what we suspected, but needed to wait for the official confirmation before reacting. The reason given is that the allocation of funds to third parties was not foreseen (or is not allowed) within the rules. This is something that we are still querying pending the final announcement from the Commission which is yet to be made.

We are immensely disappointed that we have not been successful on behalf of the General Aviation community which is being financially penalised by the 8.33kHz mandate. At the same time, we think it is important to ensure that the voice of General Aviation continues to be made and that the impact of EU wide decisions which ultimately affect the viability of General Aviation activities are considered when mandates like EU Reg 1079/2012 are issued. However, we must also consider that the funds that were available were four times oversubscribed and so there will be many high quality bids which likewise have not been awarded any funding. If we had not applied, we would not have been in the running to be awarded.

We are extremely grateful for the support that you have given to this initiative by registering on the project website. We will continue to lobby for access to INEA funds and other financial instruments to support General Aviation where changes such as 8.33kHz can be considered as a European aviation infrastructure.

We must also look on this positively on this attempt in light of the fact that we have garnered the direct support of:

  • 19 European States which sponsored the application to INEA;
  • More than 3000 aircraft owners covering more than 5000 aircraft;
  • More than 250 aerodromes.

We will now be suspending the project website and will keep you informed of any news updates that we have as we go through the appeal process and try to identify if there might be an alternative route.

It has been a pleasure to support you in this attempt.

Promising proposal for IFR approaches to non-instrument runways

As part of the GA roadmap initiative EASA has focused on making instrument flying more accessible for GA pilots. Much effort has already gone into making the licensing more achievable and resulted in both the competency based instrument rating, the enroute instrument rating and more proportionate theoretical knowledge requirements. This process is ongoing with the basic instrument rating well on its way. This is not all however. The goal is to also remove other obstacles for IFR in GA operations such as certification of equipment and the IFR operating environment.

At the recent EASA GA Sectorial Team meeting the EU Agency for satelite navigation (GSA) gave a presentation on how LPV IFR procedures to non-instrument runways could be implemented: A recently revised ICAO definition of “non-instrument runway” and the already proposed introduction of a UNICOM concept in Europe all help to pave the way for such IFR cloud break procedures to VFR airfields without a local ATS unit.
The proposal was well received and found to give good promise of further increasing the GA safety level. The technology is ready, but some regulatory issues still needs to be resolved in relation requirements for weather observations, traffic information, approval of procedures etc. Proportionality is essential since simply copying how things are done for traditional IFR procedures will be driving costs to an unfeasible level. EASA confirmed the intent to take onboard these tasks and IAOPA will be onboard.

No VFR into IMC with plan B

For more than 60 years, the AOPA Air Safety Institute has been producing free programs with the goal of helping all pilots fly safer. From groundbreaking online courses to popular live seminars and videos, ASI covers the spectrum of aviation safety education.

Marginal, gradually deteriorating weather can lure VFR pilots into instrument conditions. The AOPA Air Safety Institute’s new VFR into IMC safety syllabus tackles this dangerous situation and recommends escape procedures. Instructors are encouraged to use the new syllabus during flight reviews and aircraft checkouts.

EASA CAT SET-IMC Workshop

The event is dedicated to the implementation of the recently published CAT SET-IMC regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/363 of 01/03/2017) and the associated ED Decision 2017/004/R published on 09/03/2017. It will take place at the EASA premises in Cologne on 4 July 2017.

The aim is to hold an interactive workshop attended by representatives from aeroplane operators, aeroplane/engine manufacturers and National Aviation Authorities. The workshop will give the opportunity to exchange views with industry and NAA representatives across Europe.

The intent is to have industry and NAAs presenting practical implementation issues and to allow for a broad discussion. This will be an opportunity to raise any rule issues with EASA while the workshop also allows to share best practices across the industry.

The draft agenda will be published soon. The main topics of discussion will mostly focus on the following aspects:

  • Eligibility of aeroplanes
  • Crew composition and flight crew training
  • Operators’ procedures
    • Maintenance
    • Flight planning

In order to ensure a successful workshop, participants are kindly invited to propose specific topics of discussions to the Agency in advance. If you have any particular topic that you like to see being addressed or question to be answered, please contact us at air_ops(a)easa.europa.eu by 20 June 2017 at the latest. Please mention in the title “For the CAT SET-IMC workshop”. The topics or questions should be dedicated to the regulatory provisions indicated above. The workshop is not intended to provide explanations of the rules, but rather to discuss implementation issues.

Registration

If you are not a presenter, please note that registration must be performed through EASA webshop. An administrative fee of EUR 80 will be charged for the participation to the workshop. Registration will be open until 28 June 2017. The participation fee will cover the meeting room and catering costs. Participation is free of charge for presenters.

Online registration

8.33 kHz project update