Tag: European Commission

EASA to Keep Drone Operations Safe and Secure

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published the first formal Opinion on safe operations for small drones in Europe. This formal Opinion is an important stepping-stone to keep drone operations safe and secure and build a wider regulatory framework. The Opinion will serve as a basis for the European Commission to adopt concrete regulatory proposals […]

Lufthansa Acquisition of Niki Collapses After EC Blocks Deal

Air Berlin subsidiary Niki is closing its flight operations, after the take-over by Lufthansa has failed. Niki has filed for insolvency and as of December 14, flights will no longer take off. The European Commission has refused to authorize the airlines’ acquisition by Germany’s largest carrier, Lufthansa. Despite offering to give up a number of […]

EU Moves Forward on UAV Regulation

A European Union-wide agreement has been reached on future commercial operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). The agreement aims to have the necessary regulations in place by 2019. The European Commission, national aviation authorities and the drone industry hammered out the details at a conference in Helsinki, the Finnish capital. The ‘Helsinki Declaration’ identifies three […]

EASA Addresses Aviation’s Impact on Climate Change

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) proposes that newly designed aeroplane types meet a CO2 standard from the 1st of January 2020, and that aeroplane types already in-production meet a separate CO2 standard starting from the 1st of January 2023. The objective of this so-called ‘Opinion’ published on 7 November 2017 by EASA is to […]

Lufthansa Buys Major Portion of Defunct Air Berlin

In what Carsten Spohr, chief executive of Lufthansa, said was a “great day” for his company, Germany’s largest carrier has agreed to purchase the lion’s share of Air Berlin, which filed for bankruptcy protection on August 15. The purchase price of €210m (US$245m) will see Lufthansa looking to acquire 80 of Air Berlin’s 144 aircraft, […]

DOT Tentatively Approves Norwegian UK Air Permit

The US has tentatively granted low cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian UK a foreign air permit, saying it sees no persuasive basis to deny the application. The tentative go-ahead from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) comes more than 18 months after Norwegian filed its application in December 2015. The application was met with considerable opposition […]

Airlines And Airports Back European Union Aviation Plans

Industry bodies representing European airlines and airports have broadly welcomed the implementing details of the European Commission’s aviation strategy. On June 8, the Commission issued a communication, named the “Open and Connected Aviation” package, which involves four measures: A regulatory proposal aimed at “safeguarding” air transport competition Guidelines on how to interpret the EU’s airline […]

European Union Updates Blacklist of Banned Airlines

The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. The EU Air Safety List seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is […]

EASA Publishes a Proposal to Operate Small Drones in Europe

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a proposal to regulate the operation of small drones in Europe. All interested parties are welcome to comment this proposal from 12 May until 12 August 2017. The proposal provides a framework to safely operate drones while allowing this industry to remain agile, to innovate and continue to […]

EASA Puts Forward New Rules for Air Operations

EASA published a proposal to the European Commission on new operational rules to better support pilot mental fitness. EASA’s proposal is part of its Action Plan following the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident. Released in a document known as an Opinion (Opinion 14/2016) , the proposals include the following new requirements: Ensuring that all pilots have […]