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The Aircraft Electronics Association's international membership continues to grow. Currently, the AEA represents
avionics businesses in more than 40 countries throughout the world. To better serve the needs of the AEA's international
membership, the "International News and Regulatory Updates" section of Avionics News offers a greater focus on
international regulatory activity, international industry news and an international "Frequently Asked Questions" column
to help promote standardization. If you have comments about this section, send emails to avionicsnews@aea.net.

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News & Regulatory Updates

EASA certifies electric aircraft, first type
certification for fully electric plane

Standards and regulatory
development at TCCA

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency announced
the certification of an electric airplane, the Pipistrel Velis
Electro, the first type certification worldwide of a fully
electric aircraft and an important milestone in the quest for
environmentally sustainable aviation.
"This is an exciting breakthrough," said EASA Executive
Director Patrick Ky. "This is the first electric aircraft EASA
has certified but it will certainly not be the last, as the
aviation industry pursues new technologies to reduce noise
and emissions and to improve the sustainability of aviation."
The Velis Electro is a two-seater aircraft intended primarily
for pilot training. Slovenia-based Pipistrel is a leading small
aircraft designer and manufacturer, specialized in energyefficient and affordable high-performance aircraft. The Velis
Electro joins a product lineup of similar, but conventionally
powered, aircraft.
The certification, completed in less than three years, was
only possible in that time frame due to close cooperation
between Pipistrel and the EASA, with the common goal of
ensuring the aircraft met the high standard of safety needed
for certification. The project also brought important learnings
that will support future certifications of electrically powered
engines and aircraft.
The aircraft is powered by the first certified electrical
engine, the E-811-268MVLC, certified by the EASA for
Pipistrel on May 18, 2020. q

As the COVID-19 workload on the Standards group
within Transport Canada Civil Aviation begins to reduce,
staff members are beginning to re-engage in "other
activities." Last year, CARAC released information
regarding several proposed releases of NPAs, regulations and
working groups. These were all put on hold in early March.
These activities are now resuming, and resources are being
applied at a higher level; we should begin to see progress.
Some major items that had been identified in 2019 were
the cost recovery fee restructuring, flight data recorders for
GA aircraft, CVR/FDR guidance, ADS-B and, of course,
the release of the CAR 521 NPA.
The TCCA announced that the cost recovery plan has
been altered slightly, and the report is with industry for
review. Originally, the publication of the new CAR 104
should have happened next year, but the NPA is delayed
and, therefore, there is potential this will now have a
further year's delay.
Since last year's announcement that the Nav Canada
implementation of ADS-B was on hold, little has happened
on this file. But the TCCA is currently working on internal
discussions on how to proceed, and we should see a request
for industry participation before the end of the year.
The new requirements for CVRs came last year, and
further changes will come into effect in the next three
years. A past article provided some background on the

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