The European Aviation Safety Agency’s new Basic Regulation passed another key milestone with European Parliament approval of the new mandate. The European Parliament sign-off followed a political agreement the leaders reached with member states and European Commission in December.
“Today’s endorsement by the entire Parliament paves the way for a new, modernized EASA framework in the coming months,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “Industry and EASA are reliant on this new framework to fully realize the benefits of new technologies, oversight methods, and the changing aviation landscape.”
The new Basic Regulation will replace the existing 216/2008, marking the broadest rework of EASA regulations since the agency’s inception. GAMA has long supported the effort to update EASA’s regulatory framework, saying it will improve the agency’s approach to regulating general aviation. “This has been a mammoth task for all involved, and we truly appreciate the Parliament’s efforts to emphasize the need for appropriate rules for general aviation, in particular,” Bunce said.
He praised the regulation’s move toward data sharing, calling the lack of such sharing among national authorities “one of the most glaring omissions in European safety efforts.”
GAMA pointed to other highlights, including language on a need for efficient certification and validation procedures and the introduction of the concept of a pan-European maintenance provider or operator.
The regulation must still be cleared by EU members states at the ministerial level before it is published.