European Union

October 8, 2008 - 6:36am

European Regions Airline Association members face three “front-line” issues as they prepare for their annual general assembly in Manchester, England, this month: the environment, the so-called Single European Sky (SES) and safety regulation. Director-general Mike Ambrose concedes that the industry’s concerns haven’t changed much over the past year, but the scrutiny on these topics has become “more intense” since the last general assembly.

July 28, 2008 - 11:44am

European nations apparently have resolved their objections over budgeting of Galileo, Europe’s $4.2 billion rival to GPS. Several EU nations had voiced concern about Galileo’s high cost, with some countries, most recently Spain, complaining they had been left out of commercial bidding negotiations. Under the final plan, Spain’s share increases from 9.5 percent to 10.25 percent. The cost of Galileo is being shared by 15 European countries.

July 12, 2008 - 7:45am

Leaders of Europe’s aerospace industry met with the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) at its Frankfurt headquarters on July 10 to express their “deep concern regarding the impact on their industry of the rapid and extreme fluctuation of the U.S. dollar compared to the euro,” according to the AeroSpace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD).

July 12, 2008 - 6:05am

Leaders of Europe’s aerospace industry met with the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) at its Frankfurt headquarters on July 10 to express their “deep concern regarding the impact on their industry of the rapid and extreme fluctuation of the U.S. dollar compared to the euro,” according to the AeroSpace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD).

May 23, 2008 - 6:13am

Legislation to ban certain large transport aircraft that have hush kits from using all European airports starting next April has been scrapped by the European Union. Consequently, the U.S. withdrew a formal complaint submitted last year to the International Civil Aviation Organization. The U.S. maintained that the regulation, that applied to hush-kitted aircraft over 75,000 lb mtow, discriminated against U.S. manufacturers.

February 19, 2008 - 10:39pm

The environment is everything these days for engine manufacturers and suppliers, as initiatives such as the recently launched European Commission Clean Sky program drive ever more advanced ideas on reducing emissions and noise.

December 17, 2007 - 11:25am

Six months ago, when 10 new states joined the European Union (EU), the lifting of trade and political barriers enlarged the world’s largest borderless marketplace to 450 million people. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta joined the existing 15 member states on May 1. In 2007 Bulgaria and Romania are likely to join the EU, with Croatia and Turkey to follow eventually.

October 15, 2007 - 10:58am

Business aircraft passengers and crews are facing fines and delays after inadvertently falling afoul of French Customs regulations on currency. According to FBOs at Paris Le Bourget Airport, customs officers there are rigidly enforcing the requirement to declare currency in excess of £7,622 ($8,239) when arriving in or departing from France.

October 10, 2007 - 5:29am

Galileo, Europe’s $4.2 billion rival to GPS, is in jeopardy of cancellation following clashes between EU nations over project budgeting, officials said. Several EU nations have voiced concern about Galileo’s high cost, complaining they have been left out of commercial bidding negotiations. The first Galileo satellites need to be launched by 2005 or Europe may have to forfeit frequencies allotted by the International Telecommunications Union.

September 27, 2007 - 7:35am

ERA member airlines continue to express concern about proposals for a significant overhaul of regulations governing the region’s deregulated air-transport area. Any European Commission (EC) changes to the so-called “third package” rules agreed upon by the European Parliament and the EU Council of Transport Ministers will likely go into effect either next year or in 2009, according to ERA.

 
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