KEY NOTE: The below
statement is only applicable if the UK remain a member of EASA post Britain’s
exit from the European Union. If no deal for leaving the EU is agreed between
the EU and the UK, the current Balloon rules for operating in the UK would
remain and will not be replaced.
established a simple and proportionate rule set for balloons and to restructure
them into one document. This document is called the EASA Balloon Rule Book and
the ‘first chapter’ of the Balloon Rulebook, containing the rules for air
operations with balloons was published in March 2018 by the European Commission
(Regulation (EU) 2018/395 based on EASA Opinion (01/2016).
rule set will come into force April 8th, 2019 for all EASA balloon
balloon operations on EASA balloons, commercial or private are regulated by
this rule book. (Note: Annex I balloons are covered under the provisions of the
Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016.
A parallel group of ballooning experts are
currently working on Balloon FCL (including influencing medical requirements)
and a further group have worked on training organisations. The Balloon
Regulation will therefore subsequently be amended to incorporate rules for
Balloon FCL, but it is not expected to incorporate Balloon Airworthiness
requirements, which are already established within Part-M / Part-ML.
Balloon Rule Book (2018/395) encompasses all
operations of balloons, including private ballooning. Therefore, all
balloon pilots and operators will need to become familiar with the new
regulation and will need to undertake whatever is required to fully comply with
operations operators will also need to submit Declarations with the CAA.
All balloon operators will need to comply with the requirements of
Part-BAS with all commercial operators additionally needing to comply with the
requirements of Part-ADD.
also working on simpler and proportionate licensing rules for balloons. It is
envisaged that these ‘second chapters’ of the rulebooks will be published by
the Commission in 2020.
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