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4 December  2014 The minutes of the EGU Executive Board of the 21 October are available in the internal section.

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11 November  2014 The EGU Newsletter 2-2014 can be downloaded here.

7 November 2014 A presentation made on the airspace in the Netherlands made by Fransois Van Haaff at the EGU airspace workshop is available here

20 July 2014 EASA is willing to review the basic regulation and to make big changes in the regulation of the ATOs. In order to produce a common response the EGU organises a WORKSHOP on August 23 in Hannover (Germany). EGU Delegates should not miss this vital event! Download the invitation and the information on the hotel  

5 July 2014 The minutes of the EGU Executive Board of the 20 May  are available in the internal section.

19 June 2014 The EGU Newsletter 1-2014 can be downloaded here.

5 July 2014 The minutes of the EGU Executive Board of the 23 February are available in the internal section.

24 February 2014During the past week end, the EGU held its Congress  in Strasbourg.14 members were present. Thanks to the Fédération Aronautique Luxembourgeoise for their hospitality. The reports given at the Congress as well as some pictures of the meeting are available in the internal section.

18 February 2014:  The UK CAA has publicised a Template Manual for ATO. It is a welcome guide to what this national authority suggests could be appropriate. The British Gliding Association has used the template in designing its own manual and will soon apply for approval as one large (80+ sites) organisation.

17 February 2014:  The French DGAC has issued guidelines for setting up an ATO . This helpful document (written in French) can be downloaded here.

29 January 2014: The  EGU Congress 2014 will be held on the 22 and 23 February in Luxembourg. The invitation to the Congress and the associated documents are available in the internal section.

1 December 2013: The EGU Newsletter 3-2013 is available here.

20 November 2013: The Proceedings from the 2nd EGU  Workshop on Club Development held in February in Strasbourg are available here .

18 July 2013: The EGU Newsletter 2-2013 is available here.

12 June 2013:  The minutes of the  Strasbourg Congress are available on the internal pages.

31 March 2013: The EGU Newsletter 1-2013 can be downloaded here.

25 February 2013: During the past week end, the EGU held its Congress and celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its foundation in Strasbourg.19 members were present. The presentations given at the Congress and at the Workshop are available in the internal section. 

15 December 2012: The EGU Newsletter 4-2012 is available here.

28 November 2012: The NPA-2012-20 "Amendment of the AMC for pilot medical certification (LAPL)" is now open for consultation on EASA website. Comments may be submitted no later than 2 January 2013.  

28 November 2012:  EASA has issued a Proposed Airworthiness Directive PAD 12-151-1 on Safety belts which can be downloaded here. We may submit our comments until 27 December 2012.

21 November 2012:  NPA-2012-19 "Approval requirements for Air-Ground Data Link and ADS-B in support of Interoperability requirements " is now open for consultation on EASA website.

8 November 2012:  The CRD of NPA-2011-16 "Qualifications for flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions" has been published. The document is available here.It seems that we got what we asked for. Thanks are due to Andy Miller for his good work.

8 November 2012:  The CRD on NPA 2008-20 Flight Testing has been published. The document is available here. Light aircraft are excluded The document is available here.  Comment period ends on 13 November 2012.

2 November 2012:  EASA has issued NPA 2012-15 on  licensing of certifying staff involved in the maintenance of ELA1 aircraft (including the L1 licence for the maintenance of sailplanes ...). The document is available here. Comments may be sent no later than 4 January 2013.

29 October 2012:  The long awaited NPA 2012-17 on " Part-M General Aviation Task Force (Phase I)"  has been published today on the EASA website. Please follow the link .  

29 October 2012:  The minutes of the EGU Executive Board of the 9th of October are available in the internal section.

28 October 2012:  EASA has published today the New European Rules for Air Operations. Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012,  which create harmonised requirements at the European level for commercial air transport operations of aeroplanes and helicopters. EASA has also published today the associated Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material, available as Decisions on the Agency website.

4 October 2012:  The revised editions of Part-M and Part-145 have been published and can be purchased online from the EU Bookshop on the Technical Publications webpage. These updated versions include Amending Regulation 593/2012 as well as the latest Decisions. Again, the format is consolidated in such a way that each rule paragraph is followed by its Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM).

27 September 2012: The EGU Newsletter 3-2012 is available here.

10 September 2012:  A new version of the minutes of the Amsterdam Congress has been uploaded in the internal pages of the website. (The previous version contained some mistakes...).

23 August 2012: The Proceedings of the EGU  Workshop on Club Development, Recruiting and Keeping Members held in February in Amsterdam are available here 

3 August 2012: The EGU Newsletter 2-2012 is available here.

22 June 2012:  The minutes of the Amsterdam Congress are available on the internal pages

4 March 2012: .The EGU Newsletter 1-2012 is available here.

27 February 2012: The EGU held its Congress during the last week end in Amsterdam.19 members were present. Thanks to the Dutch Gliding Federation and to Fransois Van Haaff for their hospitality and the perfect organisation.The presentations given at the Congress are available in the internal section. Patrick Naegeli (UK) has been elected as the new President of the EGU.

24 February 2012:  The EGU hold today a successful Workshop on Club Development. A zip file of the presentations given can be downloaded here.

8 February 2012: EGU has compiled short versions of the new regulations about licensing and medical containing only the regulations and the AMCs and GM related to the glider pilot licence which are shorter and easier to read than the original documents. Here they are: Part FCL for glider pilots and Part MED for glider pilots .

8 February 2012: EASA published a few days ago their Opinion about Operations.  Here are the links to the Addendum to cover Regulation on OPS, the Opinion 01-2012, to Part NCO and to Part NCC.

5 February 2012: EGU sent the following comments on the CRD on NPA 2009-02b (Part CAT and Part SPO)

23 January 2012: As previously announced, EGU will organise a workshop on Club development on Friday February 24th 2012 in Amsterdam at the same venue as the EGU Congress, which is the day after. Here are the links to the invitation, to the agenda and to the summaries of the contributions.

21 December  2011:  The minutes of the latest EGU Board Meeting can be downloaded in the internal section.

21 December  2011:  The EASA published yesterday the Accepted Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC/GM ) to Part-FCL . Here are the links to the decision, the explanatory note and the annex to the decision.

20 December  2011: The EGU sent the following comments to the NPA 2011-16  about qualifications for flying in IMC  (see the news from 22 September) .

20 December  2011:  As previously announced, EGU will organise a workshop on Club development on Friday February 24th 2012 in Amsterdam at the same venue as the EGU Congress, which is the day after. If you want to attend this workshop please fill in the registration form 

19 December  2011:  The EGU Newsletter 4-2011 can be downloaded here.

16 December  2011:  The EASA published today the Accepted Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC/GM ) to the medical part of the Flight Crew Licences (Part-MED) . Here are the links to the decision, the explanatory note and the annex to the decision.

25 November  2011:  The first 4 Annexes of the long awaited EU Regulation of pilot licences (containing Part-FCL, Part-MED, Conversion of national licences, Acceptance of third country licences) have been published today in the Official Journal of the EU. They can be found in your national language here .

20 November 2011:  The minutes of the latest EGU Board Meeting can be downloaded in the internal section.

16  November 2011:  The latest version of the regulation CE 2042/2003 on aircraft maintenance implementing modification 1149/2011 from 21 October has been published in the Official Journal of the EU. The document is available here .

12 October 2011:  The EGU Newsletter 3-2011 can be downloaded on the internal section.

22 September 2011:  EASA issued yesterday the NPA 2011-16 about qualifications for flying in Instruments Meteorological Conditions including a proposal about cloud flying with gliders. The deadline for commenting is 23 December.

13 September 2011:  In order to prepare the EASA Workshop on the application of Part M to General Aviation to be held on 27 October, EGU sent its comments.

3 September 2011:  Our President has prepared an (unofficial) overview of the licensing project for gliding.

31 August 2011: The TRAN Committee has decided not to modify the EASA proposal of the Flight Crew Licensing rules. This means that the Parliament will soon adopt them formally as they are now. 

28 August 2011:  On Friday February 24th the EGU shall organise a workshop on marketing gliding, recruiting and keeping members and associated topics in Amsterdam at the same venue as the Congress which will take place on the adjacent week end (information to follow). EGU would like all members to share their views on this most important topic for gliding. The call for papers can be downloaded here.

14 June 2011:  The EGU Newsletter 2-2011 can be downloaded on the internal section.

13 June 2011:  The minutes of the latest board meeting are available in the internal section.

6 June 2011:  The minutes of the Madrid  Congress are available on the internal pages.

26 May 2011:  The Transport Committee of the European Parliament debated yesterday the draft FCL rules. A large majority was in favour of the project. We do therefore not expect the adoption of a motion to force the EASA Committee to re-consider the draft rules. The Parliament should therefore adopt soon the new FCL rules without any modification.

23 March 2011:  EASA sent to the European Commission their Opinion about the regulation of the European Light Aircraft (ELA) and the proposed modifications of the modifications Part 21 and Part M regulations 

15 March 2011:  The EGU Newsletter 1-2011 can be downloaded on the internal section.

1 March 2011:  The EGU held its Congress during the last week end in Madrid. 15 Members were present.  Thanks to the Royal Aero Club of Spain for their hospitality. The presentations given at the Congress are available in the internal section of the website

15 December 2010:  The minutes of the Board meeting held on 4 December in Frankfurt are available in the internal section of the website. 

13 December 2010:  EASA published today the opinion laying down Implementing Rules for the medical certification of pilots and medical fitness of cabin crew. You may download the Opinion as well as the Draft of the IR Part Medical .

6 December 2010:  EGU commented the CRD on NPA 2008-22 about Organisation Requirements and Training Organisations. These comments are available here.

24 November 2010:  EASA published today part 2 of the CRD on NPA 2008-7 about the ELA process and the introduction of the CS-LSA. This document can be downloaded here.

7 October 2010:  EASA published yesterday the CRD on NPA 2008-22 about Organisation Requirements and Training Organisations.You may download the following parts: Explanatory note, Cover Regulation, Part OR, AMC/GM, Comments on Part OR

27 August 2010:  EASA published yesterday its opinion on NPA 2008-17 Licensing which has been submitted to the European Commission. You may download this Opinion and the proposed regulation here.

22 August 2010:  EGU sent today their comments to the CRD for the medical part of NPA 2008-17 about Flight Crew Licensing .

16 July 2010:  EASA published yesterday the part 1 of the CRD on NPA 2008-7 about the ELA process and the introduction of the CS-LSA. This document can be downloaded here. The deadline for sending comments is the 15 September 2010. 

24June 2010: EASA published yesterday the CRD for the Medical part of the NPA 2008-17 about Flight Crew Licensing. The most interesting document is the proposal for the new regulation which includes the medical fitness criteria for the Light Aircraft Pilot License (LAPL) . It can  be downloaded here. The end of the consultation period is the 23.08.2010.

14June 2010:  The minutes of the Congress as well as the presentations given by the technical officers are available on the internal pages. 

9 June 2010:  The EGU sent today its comments on the proposal for the glider pilot licenses included in the Comment Response Document on the NPA 2008-17.

29 May 2010:  If you do not want to search for all the pages concerning gliding  in the CRD on licensing you may read this (inofficial) Overview of the regulation of the glider pilot license.

9 April 2010:  Today the EASA published the long awaited Comment Response Document on the NPA 2008-17 about Flight Crew Licensing. The deadline for sending comments is 9 June 2010.

9 April 2010:  At the Aero Exhibition in Friedrichshaffen Yves Morier (EASA) gave a presentation entiteld "Better Regulation of General Aviation". You may download this Powerpoint here.

1 April 2010:  The structure of the website has been changed in order to add a data base to the index. You may find there the most important documents about the European regulation of our sport and about the activity of EGU.

26 March 2010:  Yesterday a delegation from Europe Air Sports including two members of the EGU  Board met M. Jules Kneepkens, the Director of EASA Rulemaking, in oder to discuss some of the issues we have with rulemaking. 

20 March 2010:  The EGU has sent today their Response to the SERA consultation (see news from 20 February).

28 February 2010 : The EGU held its Congress during the last week end in Olten (Switzerland) . 18 Members were present.  Thanks to the Swiss Gliding Federation for their hospitality.

20 February 2010: In connection with the implementation of the Single European Sky (SES), Eurocontrol has received a mandate from the European Commission for the development of Standardized European Rules of the Air (SERA). The draft implementing rule is now being submitted for formal consultation by Eurocontrol. EGU will comment before the dealine  (21 March 2010).

9 February 2010: The EGU has sent today a strong reaction to the EASA Pad 2010-010 about safety belts (see below).

2 February 2010 :  Following our comments to the NPA 2008-22 on training Organisations the EGU has sent today a proposal to the EASA for a light Approved Training Organisation (ATO). Download the proposed IR  and AMCs 

15 January 2010: EASA published yesterday Pad 2010-010 about safety belts and torso restraint systems manufactured by authorised (E)TSO approval holders, having  been maintained or repaired by maintenance organisations without holding approved maintenance data. EASA intends to prohibit their use. This is clearly unacceptable to the gliding movement.

10 January 2010 : The EGU has sent a letter to DG Flugzeugbau to tell them that their decision to oblige their customers to sign a service agreement is unfair to their customer.

7 January 2010 : The minutes of the Board meeting which took place on 5 December 2009 can be downloaded from the internal section. 

15 December 2009 :  On their website DG Flugzeugbau announce that they have updated all their  manuals and that these manuals will be available exclusivly through a service agreement for the year 2010 which costs 245 Euros! 

9 November 2009 : The minutes of the Board meeting which took place on 21 October can be downloaded from the internal section. The Adress list hast been updated.

28 Juin 2009 : The EGU has sent today its comments about NPA 2009-02 on Air Operations. You may download them here:  EGU comment on NPA 2009-2

28 May 2009 : The EGU has sent today its comments about NPA 2008-22 on Authority and Organisation Requirements. You may download them here:  EGU comment on NPA 22a, EGU comment on NPA 22b, EGU comment on NPA 22c

26 March 2009 : Good news: the European Parliament voted yesterday to exclude aerodromes mainly used for sports and recreational flying from common European Rules. Please read the press release from Europe Air Sports describing this outstanding success of EAS, that has been achieved with the assistance of a professional lobbyist.

26 March 2009 : The minutes of the EGU Congress can be downloaded from the internal section. The Adress list hast been updated.

26 March 2009 : The deadline for commenting NPA 2008-22 on  Authority and Organisation Requirements has been extended to 28th of May..

20 March 2009 : Eurocontrol issued sometimes ago ENPRM 08-2008 which is a consultation about Single European Sky mandate on surveillance performance and interoperability requirements. It is about mode S transponder ACAS etc. The dealine for sending comments is 8 April.

3 March 2009 :The EGU held its Congress during the last week end in Helsinki. 18 Members were present. Patrick Pauwels (Belgium) was elected as new President (See the composition of the new Board in the membership section). Thanks to the Finnish Aeronautical Association for their hospitality.

24 February 2009 : The EGU comments to the NPA 2008-17 on Flight Crew Licensing have been sent to the EASA. They can be downloaded here: EGU comment 2008-17a, EGU comment 2008-17b, EGU Comment 2008-17c.

2 February 2009 : EASA has extended the consultation period for NPA 2008-22 "Authority and Organisation Requirements  until 15 April 2009.

30 January 2009 : Today, EASA released NPA 2009-02 about Air Operations of Community Operators. The various parts of this document  can be downloaded here. At first sight there should be nothing really affecting us.The deadline for sending comments is 30 May 2009.

18 January 2009 : Today, EASA released NPA 2009-01 about the Operational Suitability Certificate (OSC) which they wants to create for the purpose of demonstrating that an aircraft is suitable for its operational mission. We will have to comment this NPA because for light aircraft the type certificate should be sufficient to demonstrate this suitability. 

14 December 2008 :  The NPA on licensing is a heavy document and it is sometimes difficult to find the rules concerning gliding.  Attached is a shorter version which contains only the parts related to our sport. 

14 December 2008 :  EASA published yesterday the AMCs for Part M. This was the missing link which was needed for implementing the latest version of Part M (and making it acceptable !). These AMC's are available here.

2 December 2008 :  Following a number of requests from stakeholders, EASA has postponed the deadlines for answering the NPAs on Licensing, Authority and Organisation requirements to 28 February 2009.

1 November 2008 :  Yesterday EASA published NPA 2008-22 on Authority and Organisation Requirements. The various parts of this document can be downloaded here. This document seems to be a killer for sport aviation since it has been written only from the perspective of regulating commercial/professional training schools for aeroplane licences. Comments should be provided before 31 January 2009.

28 October 2008 :  The long awaited amendment of Part M and the according amendment of Part 21 have been adopted by the European Commission. Regulations 1056/2008 modifying CE 2042/2008 and 1057/2008 modifying CE1703/2003 will enter into force from 29.10.2008.The English version of these documents may be downloaded here:

17 October 2008 :  Croatia joins EGU and becomes our 25th member. Welcome to our Croatian gliding friends.

22 September 2008 :  Our President has written an Update about the EASA Rulemaking activity and the EGU action having taken place since the beginning of this year. 

22 September 2008 :  Our TO Airspace, Günter Bertram, has written an  Airspace Briefing for glider pilots wanting to fly over Germany.

22 September 2008 :  The Minutes of the EGU Board Meeting held on 12 and 13 September in Frankfurt are available in the internal section. The name of the file is Execom 080912.pdf.

19 September 2008 :  The EGU Airspace policy paper has been updated (see the policy statements index). 

5 July 2008 :  The comments sent by EGU to NPA 2008 -03 on "Licences for non-complex aircraft maintenance engineers" are available here

5 June 2008 :  EASA published  the NPA-2008-17 on licensing and medical. Comments to this  document (800 pages!) may be sent before 5 September 2008. 

16 May 2008 :   EASA published the Opinion 02/008 regarding changes within Part M.

5 May 2008 :  The comments sent by EGU to CRD on Part M can be downloaded here. 

18 April 2008 :  EASA published the NPA 2008-07 about the design, certification and production procedures of the new to be introduced ELA (European Light Aircraft system. Comments may be sent before 18 July 2008.

12 April 2008 :  The minutes of the Florence Congress can be downloaded  in the internal section 

31  March 2008 :  EASA issued the NPA-2008-03  on "Licences for non-complex aircraft maintenance engineers". This NPA proposes the creation of a B3-ELA licence for the maintenance of ELA 1 aircraft (including sailplanes and powered sailplane). Comments may be sent before 28 June 2008.

19 March 2008 :  The European Official Journal published today the new Basic Regulation 216/2008 replacing 1592/2002, The new regulation will enter into force in 20 days.

6 March 2008 :  EASA Rulemaking published today the (long awaited) Comment Response Document CRD regarding Part M. (457 pages!). The deadline for comments is 6 May.

25 February 2008 :  The EGU held its Congress during the last week end in Florence. 18 Members were present. The Minutes will be published soon. In the mean time you can read the report of our President. Thanks to the Italian Gliding Federation for their hospitality.

21 February 2008:  Greece joins EGU and becomes our 24th member. Welcome to our Greek gliding friends!

31 January 2008:  The European Council  approved yesterday the new Civil Aviation Regulation which will replace Basic Regulation 1592. (see the attached press release). The amended Basic Regulation will be published in the Official Journal in the next couple of days and enter into force in about 20 days.

12 January 2008 : Following the meeting held with the stakeholders in March 2007, the European Commission has studied the General and Business aviation sector in Europe. They have quantified its value, identified the challenges that it is facing, and adopted an agenda.

6 December 2007: The European  Parliament adopted yesterday the extension of EASA's competence on Licensing and Ops (second reading). The text  of this legislation can be found hereunder.

20 November 2007: The Minutes of the EGU Board Meeting held on 20 October in Frankfurt  are available in the internal section. The name of the file is Execom 071020.pdf.

8 November 2007: EASA published the Comment Response Document on NPA 14-2006 (MDM 032 Proposals on initial and continuous airworthiness, licensing and ops for aircraft below 5.7 Tons used for non commercial operations. The explanatory notes, inventory of answers and  annexes of this CRD can be downloaded on the EASA website. . 

14 October 2007: The comments send by EGU to NPA 2007 -08 on Part M are available here. Thanks to Jannes Neumann who drafted this answer.

25 June 2007: EASA published NPA 2007-08 which is a combined NPA on Part M and Pilot Owner Maintenance. This important document is available here. Comments should be sent before 28 September 2007

20 June 2007: The Minutes of the EGU Board Meeting held on 20 April in Friedrichshaffen are available in the internal section. The name of the file is Execom 070420.pdf.

6 June 2007: EASA will organise an important workshop on Part M and Part 66 on 4 and 5 July in Cologne. The invitation is available here.

21 May 2007: EASA  published the Comments and Response Document on the NPA 06/2006 (Basic Principles and Essential Requirements for the safety and Interoperability Regulation of Aerodromes). Comments to this CRD can be sent before 5 July.

4 May 2007: EASA  published the Comments and Response Document on the NPA 07/2005 ( Part M) recently. This CRD is now open for comments for two months. Please note that this is only one part of the changes to be made to Part M (see the explanatory note written by Harry Schoevers Secretary General  EAS). 

16 April 2007: The Minutes of the Prague Congress can be downloaded in the internal section.

2 April 2007 :  The comments sent by EGU to the Discussion Paper on General Aviation in the European Community published by the European Commission (see the news dated 2 February) are available here

28 March  2007:  Serbia joins EGU and becomes our 23th member. Welcome to our Serbian gliding friends!

14 March 2007 :  The European Parliament voted the proposal of the Commission extending the competence of EASA to Licensing and Ops. Read our short report which includes a surprise!

12 March 2007 :  Our President was invited to give a presentation about the harmonization of regulation in aviation across Europe at the General Assembly of the French Gliding Federation (FFVV) . This presentation (in French) is available here

8 March 2007 :  The EGU was invited to a Discussion Forum on General Aviation in the European Community in Brussels. Read the official report and the excellent presentation made by David Roberts on behalf of Europe Air Sports.

26 February 2007 :  The EGU held its Congress during the last Week end in Prague. 18 Members were present. The Minutes will be published soon. Thanks to the Czech Aero Club for hosting the meeting.

6 February 2007 :  The Spanish Federation announced their intention to join again the EGU (Spain was one of the founders of EGU in 1993). Welcome to the Spanish glider pilots !

2 February 2007 :  The European Commission published a Discussion Paper on General Aviation in the European Community which maybe downloaded here. All interested parties and stakeholders are invited to comment before 1st April

31 January 2007 :  The Minutes of the EGU Board Meeting held on 19 December  are available in the internal section. The name of the file is Execom 061219.pdf.

11 January 2007 :  The final version of the directive about the EC Driver license was published in the official Journal of the European Union. The  Directive will come into force 19. January 2007.The rules and criteria for mass of the car and trailer stayed as agreed after the EAS and EGU inputs. 

27 December 2006:  Another good piece of news: EASA  issued the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMCs) for the installation of non certified equipment in a glider. Read the AMC for Part 21, the AMC for Part M and the explanations  from our Technical Officer Jannes Neumann. Thanks to him and to all those who contributed to this achievement.

20 December 2006:  EC Regulation 1794/2006 laying down a common charging scheme for air navigation services was issued. According to article 9 of this regulation all flights in all member states with aircraft below a MTOM of 2000 kg are exempted of any enroute charges. Thanks to Europe Air Sports and to all those who contributed to this achievement. The document is available here

13 December 2006: A Sporting and Recreational Aviation Conference was recently organised by Europe Air Sports and Eurocontrol. The slides that were presented are available here 

16 November 2006:   The Minutes of the EGU Board Meeting held on 5 October at the Wasserkuppe are available in the internal section. The name of the file is Execom061005.pdf.

15 November 2006:   The Hungarian Gliding Federation joined EGU. Welcome to our Hungarian gliding friends!

6 November 2006:   Our President was invited to give a presentation about the harmonization of regulation in aviation across Europe at the German Segelfliegertag. This presentation (in German) is available here.

29 October 2006:   Our President was invited to give a presentation about the harmonization of regulation in aviation across Europe at the Gliding Conference of the Norwegian Federation. This presentation is available here.

20 October 2006:   The EASA received more than 4400 answers to A-NPA 14-2006. Read a short report on the latest MDM 032 meeting here

17 October 2006:  The EGU answer to the A-NPA 14-2006 on "A Concept for better regulation in General Aviation" can be downloaded here.

17 October 2006:   The EGU answer to the NPA 06-2006 on "Basic principles and Essential Requirements for the Safety and Interoperability Regulation of Aerodromes" issued by EASA can be found here .

26 September 2006:  Iceland became the 20th member of EGU. Welcome to our Icelandic gliding friends! 

16 August 2006:   EASA published  the A-NPA 14-2006 on their website.  This paper is of the utmost importance for the future of our sport because it summarizes the proposals made by the MDM 032 Working Group for a better regulation of light aviation. It can be found here .

2 August 2006:   The Minutes of the EGU Board Meeting held on 26 June in Paris are available in the internal section. The name of the file is Execom060626.pdf. The address list has also been updated.

5 July 2006:  EASA issued NPA 09-2006 on "Permit to Fly". We will have to comment it before 5 October. It can be downloaded here

15 June 2006:  EASA  issued NPA 06-2006 on "Basic principles and Essential Requirements for the Safety and Interoperability Regulation of Aerodromes". This NPA contains some threats for us and we will have to comment it before 16 October. It can be downloaded here

27 April 2006: The EGU contribution "How to (de-)regulate gliding in Europe" to the MDM 032 drafting group can be downloaded here

10 April 2006: The Minutes of the Copenhagen Congress can be downloaded in the internal section.

28 March 2006: The European Council reached a political agreement on the issue of the driving licence directive. The good news is that with the usual category B licence we will still be able to tow trailer/car combinations with a total mass up to 3500 Kg. Read the press release from the EU Office of the German Sports

20 March 2006:  A report on the first meeting of MDM 032 held on 16 March in Cologne can be downloaded here

6 March 2006:  Our friend Fransois Van Haaff was awarded the Pirat Gehriger Diploma by the International Gliding Commission of the FAI. Nobody deserves this distinction more than Fransois, who was the first EGU President for many years and who is still our very active TO Airspace. Congratulations Fransois!

5 March 2006 : Lithuania became the 19th member of EGU. Welcome to our Lithuanian friends!

3 March 2006 : The first meeting of the MDM 032 working group (See the news from 24 February) ) will take place on 16 March in Cologne.

27 February 2006 : A comprehensive presentation on the status of the harmonisation of the European regulation in gliding, made by our President at the EGU Congress, can be downloaded here.

27 February 2006 :   The EGU Congress was held during the past week end in Copenhagen. 17 out of 18 members were represented at this fruitful meeting. We were honoured to have Mr. Robert Henderson, President of the International Gliding Commission of the FAI, with us. The minutes will be available soon. Thanks to our Danish friends for their hospitality.

24 February 2006 :   The EASA set up a working group in charge of "developing a concept for the regulation of aircraft other than complex motor powered aircraft, used in non commercial activities". The EGU will be represented by Roland Stuck and David Roberts. The Terms of Reference of this very important Multi Disciplinary Measure MDM 032 can be found here

22 February 2006 :  EASA issued NPA 20/2005 which deals with a change to the AMC and GM (guideline material) of Part 21 and Part M to allow the installation of non-certified instruments (variometers, GPS, final glide computers etc) in gliders and powered gliders as "Standard Parts", i.e  without an accompanying  EASA Form 1. The document can be downloaded here

18 February 2006 :   Our President was invited to give a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the European Hanggliding and Paragliding Union (EHPU) in Thalwill (Switzerland) 

10 February 2006:   Poland joined EGU. Welcome to our Polish gliding friends! 

30 January 2006:   The Working Group Licensing and Medical met during the past week end in Hanover and worked out a proposal for the implementing rules to be submitted to the next EGU Congress 

20 January 2006:  Nominated by EAS Jannes Neumann, our TO Maintenance and Airworthiness, was appointed by EASA to join the EASA Task Group 21.023. This group has to draft an NPA on the definition and issuing of Permit to fly and restricted CoA and on a solution for the orphan aircraft problem.

30 December 2005:   The Minutes of the EGU Board Meeting held on 1 December  in Frankfurt are available in the internal section. The name of the file is Execom051201.pdf.

4 December 2005:   The Minutes of the meeting of the EGU Airspace Working Group held on 25 October in Frankfurt can be downloaded here

19  November 2005:   Our President was invited to give a presentation about the harmonization of regulation in aviation across Europe at the Swedish Gliding Conference in Skövde. The presentation is available here.

18  November 2005:   At the annual EASA Industry Meeting held in Cologne, the EASA representatives confirmed that they will setup a workgroup in charge of reviewing all rulemaking concerning recreational and sport aviation (not only Part M but also licensing and operations).

15  November 2005:   The European Commission published their communication COM 579 about the modification of the basic regulation 1592 extending the authority of EASA to Operations and Licensing. The Commission accepts the EASA proposal to create a recreational PPL and to give the possibility to delegate licensing matters to an assessment body which could be a Federation. The proposal to allow  the assessment of medical fitness for recreational pilots by a general practitioner is also accepted. The full document can be downloaded here.

4/5  November 2005:   An important workshop on Part M, jointly organized by Europe Airsports and EASA, was held in Cologne. During this meeting, all air sports complained about the complexity of the Part M and the increase in paperwork and costs which will result from its implementation. The EASA representatives promised to set up a working group in charge of reviewing Part M for recreational aviation. A  comprehensive report about this meeting is available in the internal section.

2. November 2005:   The Minutes of the EGU Board Meeting held on 29 September in Frankfurt are available in the internal section. The name of the file is Execom050929.pdf.

2. November 2005:   The EGU Airspace Working Group worked out an airspace survey paper describing the present situation about airspace in Europe.

8. July 2005:   The Minutes of the EGU Board Meeting held on 23 June in Francfort are available in the internal section. The name of the file is Execom050623.pdf.

23. June 2005:    EASA issued NPA 07/2005 Part M amendment following Regulatory Impact Assessment. Europe Air Sports has set up a special task group in charge of answering this NPA . This group will be chaired by Jannes Neumann, EGU Technical Officer Maintenance.

23. June 2005:    The EGU board met today in Frankfurt. The Minutes of this meeting will be available soon.

20. June 2005:    Europe Air Sports asked the European Commision DGTREN and EASA to amend the Annex II of Regulation 1592/2002 (List of aircraft exempted from EASA Rules). This proposal includes the EGU proposal on light sailplanes and powered sailplanes. The EAS proposal is available in the internal section.

5. June 2005:    EGU worked out a position paper on light sailplanes and powered sailplanes with Maximum Take Off Mass of 300 kg (single seater) and 450 kg (two seater). EGU proposes to exclude them from EAS regulation and to keep them under national regulation.

23. May 2005:    The Minutes of the EGU Board Meeting held on 22 April in Friedrichshaffen are available in the internal section

23. May 2005:    Luxembourg became the 17th Member of EGU. 

8. May 2005:    The Minutes of the meeting on Part held on 16 April in Frankfurt with EASA officials MM Sivel and.Morier are available here 

1. May 2005:   Most members of the EGU Bureau and some Delegates met in Saint Auban last week for an EGU Seminar (see the picture ). They worked hard every morning on regulatory issues (Part M, Definition of UL gliders, Airspace) and flew every afternoon. Excellent weather conditions allowed  flights to the Mont Blanc and to the Matterhorn!  This very successful seminar will most probably become annual...

12. April 2005:   The Minutes of the Vienna Congress can be downloaded in the internal section. 

9. April 2005:   EUROCONTROL announced officially yesterday that they will not harmonize FL "Z". They confirmed that it will be up to each State to decide. Congratulations for this achievment to our Airspace Technical Committee and to all those who have worked hard.

31 March 2005:  The EC Regulation on EASA fees and charges was published in the official journal of the EU dated 30th March 2005. The text  is accessible in all EU languages at the following web site address

 7 March 2005: The EGU Technical Commission on Airspace prepared an answer to the Eurocontrol ENPRM/05-001 consultation about the new structure of the European Airspace (Single Sky Project). This answer will be sent via Europe Air Sports and is available here

6 March 2005:  Rudi Schuegraf, Europe Air Sports Delegate at the EASA Safety Standard Consultation Committee, sent a report on their last SSCC meeting. This report, which contains important information about the calendar of the Rulemaking directorate, can be downloaded in the internal section.

6 March 2005:  Our President was invited to give a presentation on the EGU activities at the plenary meeting of the IGC which took place on 4 and 5th March in Lausanne. This presentation is available here.

1 March 2005:  Herry Schoevers, Europe Air Sports Secretary General, sent a message from the EASA Advisory Board concerning the latest version of the EASA Fees & Charges Regulation. The document can be downloaded in the internal section.

28 February 2005:  The EGU held its Congress last week end in Vienna. 15 Full Members and 2 Associate Members were represented. We were also honoured to have Sir John Allison, President of Europe Air Sports and Mr. Robert Henderson, President of the International Gliding Commission of the FAI, with us. The Minutes of this meeting will be available soon. Thanks to the Austrian Aero Club for their hospitality.

23 February 2005:  The European Parliament voted on the Grosh Report about the new European Driver Licence. This new licence will allow towing a trailer, provided that the maximum authorised mass of the vehicle combination does not exceed 3,500 kg. If the driver follows a short training course, he will even be allowed to tow a trailer with a maximum authorised mass of the vehicle combination up to 4250 kg.

26 January 2005:  EGU sent its answer to the RIA questionnaire on Part M to Air Eurosafe as well as a cover letter and a description on how the maintenance of sailplanes and powered sailplanes is done in most member countries. 

13 January 2005:  Our President, together with Rudi Schuegraf and Michael Paul, both from EAS, met M.Frederic Knecht, leader of the RIA Part M Project team of Air Eurosafe, and M.Derek Done, the economical expert from Air EuroSafe, to express our concerns about the application of Part M to sporting aviation.

9 Jan.2005: The experts of the EGU Task Group on sailplane maintenance met in Frankfurt for a two days workshop. They worked out the EGU answer to the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) about Part M as well as a common EGU view on maintenance. These documents will be submitted to the approval of the members as soon as they will be finalised.

31 Dec.2004: The minutes of the latest meeting of the EGU Executive Board held on 30 Nov 04 are available in the internal section.

17 Dec.2004: EASA submitted its Opinion on Air Operations and Pilot Proficiency to the European Commission  and displayed the documentation on their website. All EGU members are kindly requested to study these documents which are important for our future.

14 Dec. 2004: Slovenia joined EGU. Welcome to our Slovenian gliding friends!

10 Dec. 2004 : The EGU set up a task group for answering the EASA Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on Part M (Maintenance). The answer will be finalized at a workshop to be held on 8 and 9 January 2005 in Frankfurt/Main. (See the documents in the internal section)

9 Dec. 2004 : The EGU Congress 2005 will take place in Vienna on 26 and 27 February 2005. The invitation and details on the venue can be found in the internal section.

8 Dec. 2004 : Czechia joins EGU. Welcome to our Czech gliding friends!.

28 Nov. 2004:  Europe Airsports signed a contract with Michael Paul as Programme Manager for EAS. Michael is a well known German competition glider pilot and has a strong technical background. He will work in priority on the EAS answer to the EASA Part M Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA). The EGU will provide financial assistance to EAS for this project. 

23 Nov. 2004 : EGU sent a position paper on Airspace to Eurocontrol.

19 Nov. 2004 : EGU transmitted its comments to the CRD 2/2004 about Licensing and Operations to EASA via Europe Air Sports.

18 Nov. 2004 : EGU represented the European Gliding movement at the 3rd EASA Industry Meeting held in Cologne. This was a very positive meeting. Here is a brief Report. More information can be found in the internal section.

8 Nov. 2004 : Following the Mainz Segelfliegertag, EGU received from M. Helmut FENDT a paper explaining the liberal LBA approach on the application of Part 21 to the installation of non certified instruments such as GPS and Variometers in Gliders. This letter is available in the internal section.

6 Nov. 2004 : Our President gave a presentation (in German) about EGU activities at the German Segelfliegertag in Mainz.

18 Oct. 2004 : The minutes of the latest EGU Executive Board meeting are available in the internal section. 

28 Sept. 2004 : EASA issued the Comment Response Document about licensing which can be downloaded on the EASA Website.

21 Sept. 2004 : EGU sent a comment to JAR NPA 3-21 because the JAR Medical Committee has decided that the minimum age for an applicant for a JAR license will be 15 Years. This would be a disaster in some countries where young glider pilots are allowed to start learning gliding and fly solo at 14 but must have a JAR medical. The comment has been accepted.

17 Sept. 2004 : EGU  sent a comment to the Eurocontrol ENPRM04-005 consultation on the Draft SES Implementing Rule on a Common Charging Scheme for Air Navigation Services.

14 Sept. 2004 : Jannes Neumann (D) will replace Jan Eric Olsson as Technical Officer for Airworthiness and Maintenance. Jannes is an aeronautical engineer, coming from the Akaflieg Karlsruhe. He is working for the German Aero Club on similar technical issues. 

30 Aug. 2004:  Slovakia decided to join EGU. Welcome to our Slovakian gliding friends!

27 Aug. 2004:  We have the sad duty to inform our members that our friend Jan Eric Olsson passed away yesterday.Jan Eric was EGU Technical Officer for many years. He did a lot for the European gliding movement and we all must be grateful to him. The EGU expresses its condolences to his wife Ann Lis, to his family and to the Swedish Gliding Federation.

25 July 2004 : EGU transmitted its comments to the NPA 2/2004 about Licensing and Operations to EASA via Europe Air Sports with a cover letter explaining our policy about licensing.

 

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