July 3, 2015

EASA proposes legislation for tethered aircraft

03.07.2014 – The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued draft legislation on tethered aircraft. If NPA 2014-09 becomes an EASA rule (in 2016) PowerPlanes are officially Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), creating a legal basis for our operations in Europe. EASA aims to have identical legislation for RPAS below and above 150 kg.

Read the applicable section below or download the full NPA by clicking on this link.

Draft Amendment to Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 923/2012

GM1SERA.3138(a): Remotely piloted aircraft

RPA typical flight pattern may comprise a wide range of scenarios, which could be categorized in the following types of operations:

(a) Very low level (VLL) operations below the minimum heights prescribed for normal IFR or VFR operations: for instance below 500 ft. (~150 m) above ground level (AGL); they comprise:

  1. operations of tethered aircraft;
  2. Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) within a range from the remote pilot, in which the remote pilot maintains direct unaided visual contact with the RPA and which is not greater than 500 meters;
  3. Extended Visual Line of Sight (E-VLOS) where the remote pilot is supported by one or more observers and in which the remote crew maintains direct unaided visual contact with the RPA;
  4. Beyond VLOS (B-VLOS) where neither the remote pilot nor the observer maintain direct unaided visual contact with the RPA.

(b) Operations of tethered aircraft, above the minimum heights in (a);