EASA single engine commercial operations move closer

European regulator EASA looks set to give formal approval for commercial operations by single engine turboprops by the end of the year. Currently, charter flights by single engine aircraft in instrument rated conditions (IRC) are not allowed and any easing of the restrictions will inevitably provide a huge boost to manufacturers, operators and smaller airfields around Europe, which will see significant increase in traffic. The EASA Committee voted in favour of EASA Opinion 06/2015, which contains a full regulatory framework for allowing these operations. The change will open up markets for the Pilatus PC-12, TBM 900 and 950, Cessna Grand Caravan, Quest Kodiak and Piper Meridian PA-46-500TP.

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