European Union

March 13, 2014 - 2:05pm

As the April deadline approaches for European policymakers to decide whether to extend the Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to international operators again, a significant step has been taken in the opposite direction.

March 12, 2014 - 11:02am
Siim Kallas, European Commission vice president for transport

The European Parliament, meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg, approved the amended Single European Sky (SES) legislation known as SES 2+ on March 12. The legislation now must be approved by European Union member states.

February 21, 2014 - 9:27am

The European Commission on Thursday adopted new guidelines for limiting state aid to regional airports and airlines, a move the EC claims will reduce competitive distortion by discouraging overcapacity at small, unprofitable facilities.

November 4, 2013 - 11:05am

The new executive director at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Patrick Ky, sees the agency’s role paradoxically heightened by national budget cuts. During a recent interview with AIN near EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany, he explained that most member states–even Germany–had seen nationwide monitoring missions severely affected. Countries such as the Czech Republic, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have cut jobs in administration, he added.

September 30, 2013 - 1:15pm

The European Parliament’s transport committee today blocked the European Commission’s proposals on flight and duty time limitations for commercial pilots flying within the European Union.

September 23, 2013 - 2:55pm

Pilots and air traffic controllers within the European Union (EU) are applauding the European Parliament transport committee’s September 17 agreement to refine procedures necessary to establish a practical framework to collect and analyze aviation incident data and guarantee private information is not misused.

August 16, 2013 - 11:15am

The European Commission has staked a claim to play a larger role in European defense industrial policy.

June 17, 2013 - 4:50am
Last year an Airbus A320 completed Europe’s first initial 4-D flight as part of Sesar ATM trials. 

Economic woes risk crippling Europe’s rollout schedule of a revolutionary system that could transform regional air travel because airlines are simply too wary to invest at a time of low growth.

Europe has now spent millions in developing a blueprint for a nigh-on perfect system with which to manage an eventual albeit belated explosion in the number of aircraft traveling through its congested skies.

March 25, 2013 - 11:35am

The European Commission is taking to task the vast majority of its 27 nation states for their lack of progress in forging the Single European Sky through a program to unify regional airspace.

Inefficiencies caused by Europe’s fragmented airspace generate extra costs of close to €5 billion each year, adding 42 kilometers (27 miles) to the distance of an average flight, and forcing aircraft to burn more fuel, generate more emissions, pay more in user charges and incur delays. The U.S. controls the same amount of airspace, with more traffic, at almost half the cost.

March 13, 2013 - 2:31pm
Sesar Joint Undertaking executive director Patrick Ky

Patrick Ky, who has led the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) program through its development phase, has been named executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), effective September 1. Ky will succeed Patrick Goudou, who has headed the European safety authority based in Cologne, Germany, since it was created in September 2003.

 
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