Single engine changes come into force

New regulations allowing for expanded commercial operations by single engine turbine aircraft in Europe came into effect on 22 March after two decades of industry lobbying, flight record analysis and attempts to reach consensus. The new rules permit commercial operations in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and at night, which finally brings Europe into line with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards for CAT operations.

Commenting on the changes, specialist aviation lawyer Austen Hall of Austen Hall Limited said: “Following studies and consultations, EASA recognised that accidents involving single-engine turbine aircraft operating at night or in IMC were rarely caused by engine failure, but often by pilot error or adverse weather, with CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) and loss of control being the major causes … The SET-IMC Regulation is good news for manufacturers such as Pilatus, Cessna and TBM Daher, and potentially opens up the possibility for new routes that can benefit from this type of aircraft operations.”

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