July 3, 2015 - The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) presented this week its priorities for a new EU Commission Aviation Strategy. Jan Pie, ASD Secretary General, shared the industry’s views at the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Director Generals of Civil Aviation Meeting in Strasbourg that took place from 30 June to 1 July. Furthermore, Vincent De Vroey, ASD Civil Aviation Director, highlighted the same points during the hearing organised by the EU Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels on 2nd July.
The European aerospace industry is at the foreground of technological innovation in particular to meet ambitious environmental and energy efficiency targets in line with the ACARE Goals and its Flightpath 2050 Vision. European industry is also actively involved in successful European flagship programmes such as Clean Sky and SESAR. New generations of aircraft are typically 15-20% more efficient than older aircraft.
“In order for European industry to continue to be a world leader in civil aviation manufacturing, the work done under the leadership of EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to prepare a new civil aviation strategy is very important”, said Jan Pie on the occasion of ECAC 60th anniversary celebrations. The reform of the Basic Regulation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as well as making progress on implementation of the EU Commission Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Roadmap should remain the top priority of the EU Commission Aviation Package and the official launch of the SESAR2020 programme should not be further delayed”, continued Jan Pie.
“Civil aircraft and engines need to be certified by EASA. The Agency therefore needs the necessary expertise to certify new technologies that will be used on the next generation of aircraft and engines that boost fuel efficiency. There is therefore in particular the need for EASA to be equipped with efficient working methods and sufficient financial means to carry out its certification tasks and to support industry projects at global level as it performs a crucial role in getting European aircraft products to the global market”, said Vincent De Vroey. It is therefore also essential to decouple the EASA certification activities – which are 100% financed by industry fees - from the austerity measures applicable to public budgets.
“Finally, there is a need for more work to implement the EU Commission RPAS Roadmap based on increased public funding to move forward with the insertion of RPAS into civil (non-segregated) airspace and the swift adoption of the necessary EASA safety rules for RPAS, not only for small RPAS but also for larger RPAS”, said Vincent De Vroey.
[click here to download the ASD’s talking points at the hearing]