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16 NOV_Airborne Requirements from the SPI Regulation

Latest Update 14 June 2017


Regulation (EU) No 1028/2014 states the required systems to provide surveillance data to ensure the harmonisation of performance, interoperability and efficiency of those systems within the European Air Traffic Management Network. All aircraft operating IFR in Europe must be compliant with Mode S Elementary Surveillance, while aircraft with a maximum takeoff mass greater than 5700kg or a maximum cruising true air speed greater than 250kts must be compliant with both Mode S Enhanced Surveillance and ADS-B out requirements. Compliance is mandated by 05 February 2020 for new build and currently, by 07 December 2017 for retrofit, with special provisions (including exemptions) for State aircraft.


The mandate for retrofit compliance is currently under review as the installation of ADS-B transponders to meet the Enhanced Surveillance Requirement of (EU) 1028/2014 is not achievable. ERA participates in the EASA Rule Making Task.0679 Task Making Group who are responsible for providing the European Commission with a proposed amendment to the regulation by the second quarter of 2017. In addition to website updates, ERA notifies ERA member Operations Group representatives of changes to the regulatory compliance actions and anticipated amendments.

EASA’s Surveillance, Performance and Interoperability (SPI) Rule Making Group met in Cologne on 3 and 4 May to draft the Notice of Proposed Amendment, Implementing Regulation and Regulatory Impact Assessment for a revised SPI Regulation that better serves the airspace user community and simultaneously sets out a framework for the implementation of ground-based ADS-B infrastructure.

ERA is a member of this Rule Making Group and is currently working as part of a small team of experts in the Notice of Proposed Amendment and Implementing Regulation drafting tasks groups, feeding the comments, views and requirements of our members, following consultation and discussion over many months, into the draft documents. This demonstrates one of the ways that ERA is able to provide added value to member airlines from the perspective of fleets that are already equipped with Enhanced Surveillance transponding capabilities and are anticipated to be retired or otherwise withdrawn from service before or during the transition period for ADS-B introduction.  

Defining the way that exemptions and/or transitional arrangements, provision for ferry, delivery and maintenance flights will be applied is currently being discussed and the view is a favourable one for our regional operators whose fleets are likely to be affected. The working group is focused on ‘real world’, business orientated and sensible, proportionate regulation and our intent is to provide an opinion to the European Commission by the end of June 2017 and an anticipated adoption during 2018 for implementation in 2019. We will keep members updated on the progress of the rulemaking process. 


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