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CAA Welcomes New EU Aviation Incident Reporting Rules

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

26 November 2015


The introduction of new European rules on the reporting of aviation safety incidents and occurrences will help to further improve safety levels in both the commercial and private sectors, according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

The incoming European Commission Regulation will update the UK's existing Mandatory Occurrence Reporting scheme, which has been in place since 1976. The change establishes a common process across the EU for submitting reports and is designed to allow the industry and safety regulators to identify and tackle specific risks and trends more easily.

The new rules, which came into force on November 15, 2015, will help enable all those involved in aviation in Europe, including private pilots and ground handlers, to file occurrence reports more efficiently either via an online portal or through their employers' internal reporting system.

Ground handlers, maintenance engineers, and private pilots are among those bound by new rules. However, pilots, owners, and operators of "Annex II" aircraft not regulated by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other non-EASA certificated types such as microlights, vintage, and ex-military aircraft are not required to report under the new rules, although they are being encouraged to do so.

Guidance from the European Commission and the EASA is currently being developed and will be available in the coming weeks.

TAGS: European Commission | aviation | United Kingdom | Europe

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