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Aerodromes

An aerodrome is the part of an airport that is used by aircraft. The design, maintenance and operations of aerodromes are all important elements for the safety of aircraft.

The amendment of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 (the ‘Basic Regulation’) in 2009 extended the responsibilities of the European Aviation Safety Agency (the ‘Agency’) to aerodromes. This new responsibility mandated the Agency to prepare draft safety rules for aerodromes as well as common rules for certification and oversight by the National Aviation Authorities (NAAs) in support of the European Commission. Proposed Implementing Rules contain the conditions for the issuance of certificates, the obligations and privileges of certificate holders and sanctions in case of non-compliance. The Implementing Rules are divided in sections; Authority Requirements, Organisational Requirements and Operations Requirements. The Agency will adopt Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC), Guidance Material (GM) underpinning the Implementing Rules and allowing for their harmonised implementation across the Union. The Agency will also adopt Certification Specifications (CS) which to a large extent will replicate provisions issued by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

At the end of 2013, when the Commission is expected to adopt the new rules, they will become applicable to aerodromes that are open to public use, serve commercial traffic, and that provide instrument approach and departure procedures, and that have paved runways of more than 800 meter or exclusively serve helicopters. Small aerodromes with passenger traffic of less than 10000 passengers or 850 cargo movements per year may be exempted by the Member State.

 

Legislation

Regulation (EC) No 1108/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 in the field of aerodromes, air traffic management and air navigation services and repealing Directive 2006/23/EC .