EASA Takes Next Step To Requiring Runway Alert Systems

 - October 17, 2019, 10:17 AM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has issued its opinion to proceed with regulations to require CS-25 (equivalent to FAA Part 25) airplanes be equipped with runway overrun awareness and alerting systems (ROAAS). The opinion to go forward with the requirements is the result of positive feedback from the agency’s notice of proposed amendment published late last year. EASA said “a majority” of the 99 comments “were supportive” of the proposal.

Nevertheless, several comments challenged the proposed timeline of three years for the production cut-in, as well as a request by others to exempt business jets and turboprops. In response to the timeline, EASA proposes to set the deadline to provide “five years between the date of publication of this opinion and the date of applicability of the production cut-in; and not less than three years between the entry into force of the regulation and the date of applicability of the production cut-in.” On this basis, the proposed deadline is Jan. 1, 2025, or a later date to fulfill the second condition.

Regarding the request to exempt business jets and turboprops, EASA said such exemptions are “justified neither by the analysis of safety data nor by actual technical or economical concerns that could be foreseen regarding airplanes in production and to be registered in an EASA member state.”

According to the Aviation Safety Network, from Jan. 1, 2000, through Nov. 1, 2018, there were 143 runway overruns involving business jets—16 of which resulted in 46 fatalities. The record for that period also shows 28 excursions by business turboprops, in which two people were killed in a single accident. This compares to more than 600 deaths in 21 airline accidents worldwide in the same 17-year span.