Euro Commercial SEIMC Not Likely before 2010

 - April 17, 2007, 10:51 AM

Approval for European commercial single-engine operations at night or under IMC is probably still at least three years away. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rejected as “unbalanced and incomplete” engine and aircraft reliability data inherited from uncompleted Joint Aviation Authorities work. The agency said the data is unrepresentative of operations or inappropriate to weather conditions in the region. EASA has commissioned UK researcher Qinetiq to review data and verify that it is “statistically valid, balanced and applicable to airplanes expected to be used.” Completion of that study, expected by October, should permit rulemaking to begin before year-end. EASA would then circulate a proposed amendment to its rules on operations, which could result in draft legislation going before the European Commission by the end of 2009. The effort to get European commercial SEIMC approval has been in the works for more than 20 years.