This page provides information on EASA developments affecting the regulation of the operation at UK aerodromes.
In June 2013 the CAA led three seminars to update aerodromes on the transition process to adopt the EASA aeodrome rules - see EASA AerodromeTransition - UK Transition Project Planning presentation.
EASA Aerodrome Certification - EASA Transition: CAA presentation to the Airport Operators Association in January 2013
EASA Aerodrome Certification - EASA Transition: CAA presentation to the Airport Operators Association in June 2012
In June 2012 the CAA attended meetings in Cologne to review elements of the EASA Aerodromes Notice of Proposed Amendment - see CAA's EASA NPA Review Notes.
EASA Conference on the Future Aerodrome Safety Rules 21/22 May 2012:
- Conference presentations
In February 2012 the CAA held seminars covering the recently issued EASA Aerodrome Certification - Notice of Proposed Amendment.
Draft European Safety Rules for Airports - In Focus briefings
The CAA has produced three In Focus briefings to provide information on the EASA rulemaking process:
European Regulation and Implementing Rules for Aerodromes - May 2013
New Draft European Safety Rules for Airports - February 2012
EASA Aerodrome Certification - September 2011
In December 2007 EASA issued an Opinion No 03/2007 to the European Parliament that concluded the regulation of aerodromes should fall within the scope and influence of EASA.
In October 2009 the European Parliament amended EC Regulation 216/2008 to EC Regulation 1108/2009 to increase EASA competencies to include the regulation of certain aerodromes.
Some aerodromes in the UK now fall within the scope of EASA and will be subject to regulations set by EASA in the future. The EASA regulations are being finalised and are expected to come into force in January 2014.
Aerodromes fall within the scope of EASA if they meet all of the following requirements:
Open to public use and which serve commercial air transport and where operations using instrument approach or departure procedures are provided, and:
(a) have a paved runway of 800 metres or above; or
(b) exclusively serve helicopters.
The CAA has compiled a list of UK licensed aerodromes that currently fall within the scope of EASA. This list is our current estimate based on our knowledge to date.
Aerodrome regulations in the form of Implementing Rules (IR), Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Certification Specifications (CS) are currently being drafted and are expected to come into force in January 2014.
EASA published the draft rules in Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2011-20: Authority, Organisation and Operations Requirements for Aerodromes, in December 2011. Following a period of public consultation, EASA published the Comment Response Documents (CRDs) for NPA 2011-20 on 26 November 2012. Alongside the CRDs EASA has published its draft rules for aerodromes, although these may change subject to comments received on the CRDs. Following the commenting period EASA published its Opinion to the European Commission in February 2013.
EASA Opinion 01/2013 Authority, Organisation and Operations Requirements for Aerodromes: The Opinion has been slightly amended but was agreed by the European Commission in April 2013. The document is currently going through the EC's internal co-ordination and legal processes and should be published in the Official Journal of the European Union which is expected to be in December 2013. It is expected that the rules will come into force around 20 days thereafter, in January 2014, along with a transition period of 4 years. The latest draft rules are published on the EASA website, but these will change before they are finalised and issued.
To keep up to date with the latest developments, SRG produces CAA EASA Information Bulletins.
The EASA changes raise a large number of questions and you may find the following frequently asked questions and answers useful:
EASA Aerodromes Frequently Asked Questions
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also find the following links useful:
Further FAQ on EASA: http://easa.europa.eu/frequently-asked-questions.php