EASA Further Delays For-hire Single-engine IMC

 - November 15, 2006, 6:27 AM

The saga surrounding European approval for commercial passenger-carrying operations of single-engine aircraft in IMC (SEIMC) continues. By next week, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) could request proposals for studies of SEIMC. EASA officials told AIN on Friday it expected to post a notice on its Web site “in the next few days” to invite proposals for a new year-long study that it hoped to launch by year’s end. After that, “an opinion introducing SEIMC operations in commercial air transport could be estimated at the end of 2009,” EASA officials said. EASA inherited the SEIMC controversy from the former European Joint Aviation Authorities, which after myriad drafts continually failed to receive sufficient support from national aviation authorities, with Germany, Italy and the UK resisting the move particularly forcefully on safety grounds.