EASA and EU
AOPA UK represents you in Europe at EASA and both the EU Commission and European Parliament through our membership of IAOPA Europe. This will continue even after the UK leaves the EU.
IAOPA Europe has membership on all the relevant EASA committees, where we stand up for all of GA. That doesn't mean we win every point in every fight against over-regulation, disproportionate and unnecessary regulation, where there is entrenched bureaucracy, under pressure from political dogma and commercial airline operators.
Our representation at EASA is direct AOPA to AOPA and is not subject to compromise via a UK "Committee" and third party European representative organisation.
Some recent examples of our work at EASA:
IAOPA opposed the introduction of 8.33 kHz spacing for VHF/COM frequencies, in favour of Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA). IAOPA lost that debate, but did delay the introduction of 8.33 kHz spacing to lower airspace by 20 years. Also, IAOPA made the case that GA would be faced with the cost of making the change to 8.33 kHz but with no real benefit to GA. This led to funding being made available from the EU to offset 20% of the cost of purchasing 8.33 kHz radio equipment. The CAA were then successful in being awarded Euro 4.3 million to distribute to UK registered Aircraft owners to contribute towards the cost of 8.33 kHz radio equipment.
Part-M Maintenance, despite opposition from IAOPA this totally disproportionate regulation was pushed through and it has taken several years of pressure on EASA to finally take a step back and introduce lighter maintenance regulation for certain EASA aircraft.
Easier to achieve Instrument Rating. The modular IR is now available, which reduces the level of knowledge required to suit the type of aircraft and flying that the rating will be used for. Work continues to further refine the rating and knowledge requirements and also additional ratings that will enable limited IFR flight, but can be built on with further training to a full IR.
For training organisations a full onslaught of over-regulation for the establishment and operation of flight training organisations; Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) or Registered Training Facilities (RTFs). IAOPA have continued their demand for simpler regulation where the level of training offered is only to PPL level and the organisation is small. This has resulted in the Part-DTO (Declared Training Organisations) for PPL training.
Thanks to IAOPA there are no Eurocontrol VFR Navigational charges for aircraft with a MTOM of less than 2000 kg.
IAOPA lobbied for self-handling for GA Pilots and Passengers.
Our current work is published in our AOPA Magazine for members, in Enewsletters to subscribed members and, where appropriate, as a news item on this website.