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Surveillance Performance and Interoperability Regulation Revision

ERA is participating in the preparation of the anticipated revision of the European Surveillance, Performance and Interoperability Regulation, now in the drafting phase at EASA in Cologne, Germany.

EASA’s Surveillance, Performance and Interoperability (SPI) Rule Making Group met in Cologne on 18 and 19 April 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already equipped with Enhanced Surveillance transponding capabilities and are anticipated to be retired or otherwise withdrawn from service before or during the transition period for ADS-B introduction.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. If you have any questions, please contact See also: