Europe Air Sports

Europe Air Sports is the association coordinating representation on all European aviation regulatory matters on behalf of national aero clubs and associations and European air sports unions and federations.
EAS was founded in 1988 in response to a proposal from Fred Marsh of the RAeC, who became its first President. It evolved into its present organisation in 1995 when it was registered in the Netherlands as a non-profit Association. It has been affiliated to the FAI since 1994. Sir John Allison, a Vice President of the RAeC was President of EAS from 2004 to 2009. Following his membership of the EAS board since April 2003, David Roberts, Chairman of the RAeC from 2008 until April 2012, was elected President of EAS in 2009 and re-elected for a second term in March 2012.
The current membership includes the national aero clubs of 24 countries, including most of the member states of the European Union, plus the European sporting unions, the EGU, EFLEVA, EHPU, EMF, EPFU, EPHA and PPL/IR Europe. Through this structure, EAS represents the interests of an estimated 650,000 participants in sports and recreational aviation across the EU.
EAS is managed by an elected board, an appointed Secretary-General and a Programme Manager. The various aviation disciplines encompassed by the members of EAS are aero-modelling, amateur-built and historic aircraft, ballooning, gliding, hang gliding and para-gliding, light helicopters, microlights, parachuting and powered flying. The technical areas cover, airspace access operations and equipment, airworthiness and maintenance, licensing, medical, flight operations, flight safety, and the environment. The pan-EU air sports unions provide expert input in relation to their disciplines. Thus the organisation ensures the best possible coverage of all air sport and regulatory expertise from all member nations.
David Roberts EAS President and RAeC Vice President
The vision of EAS is ‘The overall objective of EAS is a long-term continuity of sports and recreational aviation in Europe with an appropriate amount of regulation and without additional unnecessary restrictions, to ensure flight safety, access to airspace, free movement and efficient and cost effective
organisation for the operation.’
Additionally, its guiding principle for the transfer of regulation and rulemaking governance from national authorities to a European authority is, ‘What is permitted and conducted safely today in individual countries should continue to be permitted under the new regime’.
During 2011 EAS continued its work on representing the interests of its members with the regulators in the various European institutions in order to achieve changes to proposals. Successful representation and influence is built on establishing long-term relationships of trust, backed by expertise and negotiating skills in a constructive partnership mode wherever possible.
By the end of 2011 many of the new rules drafted by the European Aviation Safety Agency were ready for adoption as EU law in early 2012. Transition periods of up to three years are in place for conversion of national pilot licences and organisational structures to meet the new EU law. The content of these rules reflects extensively the influence of EAS, though nothing is perfect. As a result of a major input by EAS to the EASA Management Board early in 2012, a new approach to rulemaking may evolve over the next year or so, reflecting it is hoped, a more proportionate approach for general aviation.

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