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ERA guidance on avionics requirements

The European Commission (EC), in pursuit of a common airspace infrastructure across Europe, the ‘Single European Sky’ (SES), has mandated a number of technological enablers through SESAR – the Single European Sky ATM Research project – which will require EU air operators to equip aircraft with new avionics hardware to allow them to continue flying in European airspace.

In some cases, the systems have been found not to be sufficiently technologically mature and extremely expensive for some members, who in most cases, are forced to retrofit aircraft that were not designed to accommodate significant adjustments to their electronics and avionics architecture.

ERA's document provides a summary of the regulatory framework on current and envisaged aircraft avionics fitment required for aircraft operating in European airspace and can be downloaded from the ERA website: http://www.eraa.org/publications/otherpublications