On February 2014 Commission Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 was published, laying down requirements and administrative procedures related to aerodromes. According to this regulation European airports (with paved instrument runways longer than 800 meter) need to be certified at latest on January 1st, 2018. This EASA certification replaces the existing national aerodrome certification, based on ICAO Annex 14.
Although existing national regulations and the new EU regulation have a similar basis, significant differences (gaps) may exist between both regulatory frameworks. This may lead to non-compliances of existing airports with the new regulation that did not exist before.
In order to achieve certification the European airports have to deal with these non-compliances.
In a paper that can be downloaded below, the European Regulatory Framework is shortly described, and the reasons for differences with existing national regulatory frameworks are addressed. Mechanisms for dealing with non-compliances are described, and a process for selecting the proper methodology is presented. To illustrate this method a typical example is given in the area of Runway End Safety Areas (RESA). Many aerodromes were constructed before requirements for RESAs were introduced, and consequently many airports do not operate with recommended RESA dimensions.
Due to specific changes in the Agency Certification Specifications many airports are now confronted with non-compliances in this area, and are required to deal with it in the forthcoming aerodrome certification process. It is shown in the paper how such non-compliance can be addressed, by using novel methodologies involving Big Data analysis. For a particular example it is illustrated how compliance can be shown based on an Equivalent Level of Safety (ELoS) approach.
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Aerodrome Certification in Europe, dealing with non-compliances, by Peter J. van der Geest
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