EASA Proposes Change to TAWS Rule

SUMMARY:
The European Aviation Safety Agency published a Notice of Proposed Amendment, developed to address a safety issue related to terrain awareness warning systems. The objective of this task is to mitigate the risks of accidents categorised as a controlled flight into terrain for turbine-powered airplanes having a maximum certified take-off mass below 5,700 kg or a maximum operational passenger seating configuration between six and nine. 

 

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:
Changes to Regulation (EU) No. 965/2012 (...)

CAT.IDE.A.150 Terrain awareness warning system (TAWS) ...
(c) Turbine-powered aeroplanes for which the individual CofA was first issued after 1 January 2019, having an MCTOM of 5,700 kg or less and an MOPSC of six to nine, shall be equipped with a TAWS that meets the requirements for Class B equipment, as specified in an acceptable standard. (...)

SPO.IDE.A.130 Terrain awareness warning system (TAWS) ...
(b) When used in commercial operations, turbine-powered aeroplanes for which the individual CofA was first issued after 1 January 2019, with an MCTOM of 5,700 kg or less and an MOPSC of six to nine, shall be equipped with a TAWS that meets the requirements for Class B equipment, as specified in an acceptable standard.

 

AEA COMMENTARY: 
The deadline for comments is 18 March 2016. This NPA will be a topic of discussion at the AEA Europe Connect conference in Cologne, Germany, 26-27 January. Please submit your comments using the automated Comment-Response Tool available at 
http://hub.easa.europa.eu/crt/docs

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Ric Peri, vice president of government & industry affairs for AEA, by email at ricp@aea.net or by phone at 202-589-1144.

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