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EUROPE

News & Regulatory Updates
EASA Annual Safety Review
The European Aviation Safety Agency Annual Safety Review
for 2016 covers a review of aviation safety in Europe for 2015.
In commercial air transport aeroplanes, there was one fatal accident in Europe in 2015, which was the Germanwings accident on
March 24, 2015. There was a higher number of nonfatal accidents
involving EASA member states operators in 2015 than the 10-year
average. At the same time, there was a 24 percent reduction in the
number of serious incidents against the 10-year average.
In noncommercial aeroplanes, there was a reduction in the
number of fatal accidents compared with the 10-year average and
also a reduction in the number of fatalities. In Aerial Work/Part
SPO Aeroplanes, there were two major accidents in 2015. One
was an airborne collision between two LET-410 aircraft taking part
in parachuting operations in Slovakia that resulted in seven fatalities. The other occurred at the Shoreham Air Show in the United
Kingdom and resulted in 11 ground fatalities.
Two versions of the ASR are available on the EASA website.
The full document covers all areas of aviation, and the summary
document focusing on the key highlights.

EASA proposes a reorganization of
CS-23 - Certification Specifications for
Normal, Utility, Aerobatic, and Commuter
Category Aeroplanes
Similar to this NPA, the Federal Aviation Administration recently published notice of proposed rulemaking 16-01 for the restructuring of Part 23. The EASA has been observing and cooperating
in this restructuring of Part 23 from the early days of the aviation
rulemaking committee, and strongly supports the initiative that is
aiming to change the airworthiness requirements in a way that supports general aviation development and innovation. It is believed
and clearly expressed by stakeholders in Europe and the U.S. that
harmonization of this restructuring is vital for a global success.
This NPA, therefore, considers the feedback that the EASA
received through the consultation of advance notice of proposed
amendment 2015-06 that explained the new concept, as well as
the FAA NPRM. The proposal for the reorganized CS-23 in this
NPA reflects the EASA's current position that is not fully in line
with the FAA NPRM. Since harmonization is an important goal
of this rulemaking activity, stakeholders' comments, especially
on the differences between this NPA and the FAA NPRM, are
appreciated.
Comments are due Sept. 23, 2016.
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Australia: Small aircraft maintenance
licensing changes postponed
The introduction of the new small aircraft maintenance licensing
structure is being postponed following requests from maintenance
training organizations and aviation representative groups.
The new small aircraft maintenance licensing arrangements
were to have started from July 4, 2016, with a package of amendments made to the manual of standards for Civil Aviation Safety
Regulations Part 66. Part 66 covers maintenance personnel licensing.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority consultation with the aviation community on both the Part 66 regulations and the manual of
standards has been ongoing for a number of years. However, key
stakeholders and the CASA recognized there were still outstanding
issues to be resolved and some unintended consequences as a result
of the proposed new small aircraft maintenance personnel structure.
Issues relate to maintenance workforce flexibility, career progression and the workload for maintenance training and registered
training organizations. In addition, more work needs to be done to
ensure the regulatory requirements and the vocational training system can work effectively together.
The CASA listened to this feedback and agreed to postpone the
new small aircraft maintenance personnel licensing structure.
A comprehensive review of Part 66 will now be undertaken by
the CASA to develop a more progressive maintenance licensing system that will integrate a small aircraft license. As part of this review,
the CASA will work with the national education body responsible
for the development of training for the aviation industry to produce
a more streamlined training package. While this review is underway,
people can still gain an aircraft engineer license for maintenance of
small aircraft using the CASA basics examinations and schedule of
experience system.

New Zealand: Civil Aviation Authority
of New Zealand
AC21-8 (draft revision 1) Design Changes - Supplemental Type
Certificate has been added to the CAA website.
Revision 1 updates and expands on the existing guidance. The
CAA now requires new STCs to be supplemental to aircraft type
accepted or certificated in New Zealand. The project specific certificate plan template now includes a sample compliance checklist
and is moved to a separate advisory circular appendix (AC21-8
Appendix A). The guidelines provided in this advisory circular are
general in nature and intended to help applicants and design organizations gain a better understanding of the STC process, including
their respective roles and responsibilities.
The CAA also added safety management systems frequently
asked questions to the CAA website at caa.govt.nz. q


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