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1st July 2013
European Safety and Training Congress 2013
On 1st and 2nd June 2013 several Chairman and Safety Officers
from European Federations participated in the EHPU ESTC held
in Oslo/Norway. Please
see here for a summary.
4th June 2013
28th March 2013
Europe Air Sports General Meeting 2013
Europe Air Sports 25th General Meeting was held in Copenhagen
on March 23th and 24th 2013. Among the 50 participates was
3 former EAS Presidents and a former general secretary to
talk about the history and development of EAS from 1988 to
2013. It was a good meeting and EAS is taking good care of
hang gliding and paragliding interest in regard to EU legislation
and EASA. As soon as official minutes are sent out, it will
be sent out to EHPU members. But here is a shot summery of
items regarding hang gliding and paragliding.
New proposal in EASA for mandatory reporting for occurrences
are at the moment including hang gliders and paragliders together
with other annex II plains except model plains. Occurrences
are not serious incidents, which will be listed later in the
EASA document and must be reported to NAAs and EASA.
Peter Bombay was guest speaker at the meeting and is the
deputy head of Aviation Directorate in the European Commission
in EU. He was not against removing some of the annex II plains
from mandatory reporting of occurrences. The proposal is still
being discussed and EAS is working for that HG/PG together
with other specific annex II plains will be removed from the
Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) are also being followed
by EAS and may affect our pilots. At the moment work is only
moving alone slowly and it will take several years before
EASA regulations are ready. It is the EAS opinion that RPAS
must fly safely without limitations for other airspace users
or demand for our pilots to carry more instruments.
At the following link you can get more information about
what EASA is working on at the moment in General Aviation
Safety Strategy and draft roadmap for regulation of general
NAA and NAC are changing in several countries to allowing
NAC or federation to do more of the governing for the NAA.
This may be seen as some of the positive effects of SERA and
the international financial crisis... EAS of cause supports
this development and are happy for the NACs and federations,
whom has good cooperation with their NAA and are allowed to
assume more responsibility for the daily operation of GA flying
on a national level.
EAS’s economics is good, but 2 NACs has terminated
their membership do to financial problems and one NAC has
asked for reduced fee. EAS has a good liquidity and has annual
expenditure of about € 170.000. With the current level
of activities and expected income, the budget showed a acceptable
positive surplus to be brought forward. The EAS annual fee
was therefore set to the same level as it has been for the
last several years. EHPU’s annually fee to EAS is €
9.230 for the amount of 30.-100.000 members.
Please read more about EAS activities 2012/2013 in EAS newsletters
at this link: www.europe-air-sports.org/activities/newsletter/
Recognition of pilot qualifications
EHPU AGM agreed to recommend the following statement to member
associations of EHPU:
“The member associations of the EHPU agree that the
only qualifications that (subject to national law) they recognise
and accept are those issued by Government Ministries, the
FAI, National Aero Clubs and National Associations.”
Please note that some countries may demand additional qualifications.
Please visit the national hang gliding and paragliding federation
for further information on national rules. Just click on the
national flag of member links here.
7th February 2013
29th January 2013
EAS - General Aviation Safety Strategy
Europe Air Sports is pleased to report
good progress on the General Aviation Safety Strategy. Readers
will remember that this strategy, endorsed by EASA's Management
Board, seeks to review the regulatory regime for the light
end of aviation in order to make it more appropriate for recreational
In the past weeks EAS representatives
have been in close dialogue with the European Institutions
in order to help implementing the strategy. As part of this
process EAS has just uploaded various new documents its website.
These include a Roadmap by the Commission, a living document
informing about the next steps, and EAS' submission in response
to the strategy.
These documents can be viewed here.
17th December 2012
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28th September 2012
3rd September 2012
2nd May 2012
23rd March 2012
EHPU Annual General Meeting in Dublin on 11th February 2012
||Dara Hogan from the IHPA in
Ireland welcomed the 29 participants of the European Hang
Gliding and Paragliding Union Annual General Meeting 2012
in Dublin on 11th of February 2012.
Beside the 17 member nations the meeting was attended
by special guests from European Air Sports and Asociación
de Vuelo Libre Española AVLE.
The president of EAS - David G. Roberts – held a
presentation on EAS work with EASA. EAS help to ensure
that we remain safe in Annex ii and are regulated national.
EAS had successfully fought
EASA proposals on aerodromes and had some success with
medicals being set at an appropriate minimum level.
Airspace is basically still a national issue and SESAR
is mainly about the upper airspace. The European Commission
has directed EASA to focus on six issues for the next
four to five years. Reviewing Annex ii is not on that
list. So we should be safe for a while. But we were
warned to beware of accident rates and deaths. EASA
is a ‘Safety’ organisation - European Aviation
Safety Agency. They could reassess Annex ii and regulate
us if we come to their attention.
Chris Borra presented a shortened Airspace report. He
wants to establish better communication between the
EHPU Airspace Officer and the Europe Air Sports Airspace
effort. He reminded the meeting that Annex ii does not
protect us from SERA. He believes that it is possible
that SERA does not apply to A/c that are not required
to be registered.
Angus Pinkerton’s Airworthiness report was accepted.
It was agreed that the EHPU would fund up to €
7.000 per year for two years for the AFNOR secretariat
to allow work to continue on the EN standards revision.
It was suggested that Angus should seek funding from
the PMA and the Test Houses to ideally arrive at a three
way equal split.
John Lovell presented the Safety and Training committees
report and meeting the 5th/ 6th November 2011 in Budapest.
The report was accepted. John’s desire to step
down from his role was noted and the meeting asked to
consider nominating a suitable successor.
Andreas Mezger from AVLE explained that the AVLE was
formed one year ago to create a unified Spanish association,
independent from the NAC. At the moment Spain has seventeen
regional federations who deal with all air sports disciplines.
The AVLE has 500 members already. They believe that
there are 4.000 Spanish HG/PG pilots in total. After
discussion among the EHPU members it was decided to
offer membership to the AVLE on the basis that, in line
with our statutes, they currently appear to be the major
representative body in Spain and that no other body
has ever come forward from Spain. Inigo Radin and Andreas
needed to consult their committee about accepting EHPU
The situation of competitions and safety
in CIVL was discussed at length. The key point was that
the EHPU believed that CIVL should continue with certified
gliders only. Discontent felt by the majority about
holding international competitions within Europe using
uncertified gliders. In addition, increasing concern
was expressed about the risk of legal liability for
competition organisers from National Bodies. A joint
to CIVL was drafted and approved. This letter was
emailed to CIVL on Tuesday 14/02/2012.
The EHPU Treasurer - Hans Peter Fallesen – went
though the economy of EHPU. The 2011 account was approved
and budget for 2012 was accepted. There were discussions
on EHPU Awards, an Italian petition, Helmet straps and
EHPU Bank Account.
Mark Dale announced after five years as Secretary General
of the EHPU his intention to step down. Chris Borra
and Rasmus Rohlff both indicated a possible interest
in taking on the role. Any others interested should
email the General Secretary as soon as possible.
After the meeting and voting on mail Rasmus
Rohlff was elected as new Secretary General. Mark
Dale was thanked for his great job for international
Hang Gliding and Paragliding in EHPU.
Next president of EHPU is Luca Basso
from Italy until next meeting the 16th and 17th of February
2013, which probably will be held in Sicily. Dara Hogan
from Ireland was thanked for his Presidency and hosting
the meeting in Dublin 2012.
Spain and Asociación de Vuelo Libre Española
AVLE has become a member of the EHPU
The European family in EHPU
has just become one country richer as Spain is entering
as 18th member.
Asociación de Vuelo Libre Española AVLE
was formed one year ago to create a unified Spanish
association, independent from the NAC. At the moment
Spain has seventeen regional federations who deal with
all air sports disciplines. The AVLE has about 500 members
already and they believe that there are about 4.000
Spanish HG/PG pilots in total.
|At the Annual General Meeting of EHPU on
11th of February 2012 in Dublin, the AVLE was offered
membership on the basis that they currently appear to
be the major representative body in Spain and that no
other body has ever come forward from Spain to be a member
of the EHPU.
The EHPU members hope that the membership will support
AVLE to unify the Spanish pilots and get positive benefits
of cooperation with the other 17 European members, who
represent over 100.000 pilots together.
The 18 EHPU members are now: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic,
Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands,
Norway, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland
and United Kingdom.
24th Feb 2012
EHPU letter to FAI/CIVL concerning Serial Class
letter to CIVL CIVL
16th Feb 2012
EHPU letter to Romanian authority
letter concerning regulation of Hang Gliding and Paragliding
19th Feb. 2011
EHPU Annual General Meeting in Budapest on 19th February
Photo by Rasmus Rohlff
|On the 19th Feb 2010 the EHPU
convened for its tenth Annual General Conference.
The EHPU was founded in order to ensure that the needs
of Hang Gliding and Paragliding are heard by the European
government bodies like the European Parliament, the European
Commission, EASA and Eurocontrol, with the aim of protecting
and promoting our sport.
The EHPU is a member of Europe Airsports, the umbrella
organisation for all airsports in Europe. Europe Airsports
coordinates the efforts of the different airsports representing
650,000 active pilots in numerous European bodies.
Gunter Bertram, Vice President of Europe Airsports (EAS) attended
the conference and made a short presentation on European Airspace
matters and SERA.
Access to airspace is a major concern for the EHPU –
especially the impending Standardised European Rules of the
Air (SERA) regulations. EHPU Airspace Officer Chris Borra
reported that two of the key remaining issues with SERA were
flight below 150m and the lack of a separate definition separating
hang gliders/paragliders from sailplanes. He also commented
on his difficulty in getting clear information on the situation
The EHPU environmental officer Thomas Senac and his small
Working Group had produced an EHPU position paper on Ecological
Matters. This was approved by the AGC.
Angus Pinkerton reported that CEN TC136 WG6 had been reactivated
to review EN926-2, the Paraglider Flight Test Standard. The
first meeting was held during December 2010, and there is
every indication that all the participants are determined
to work well together to produce an improved standard.
Both EN926-1 (the paraglider load test standard) and EN12491
(emergency parachutes) have reached their automatic review
dates, and TC136 have been informed that both standards will
require to be reviewed, and almost certainly amended. WG6
will take on these items after completion of the EN926-2 update.
Competitions and safety:
The EHPU had previously agreed to make a formal proposal to
CIVL and the BHPA had therefore done this. It was agreed that
nothing had changed in the EHPU position regarding the desirability
of pilots flying certified gliders, especially in Category
1 competitions. In a ‘round the room’ survey it
was established that in twelve EHPU countries the CIVL delegate
will vote in favour of this proposal. In the remaining five
countries the situation was less clear.
It was calculated that with CIVL having 60 voting members,
it is uncertain that our votes will win the day. But nevertheless
they send a clear message about the direction the EHPU countries
wish CIVL to take as part of their efforts to improve safety
Foreign Schools visiting France:
Marion Varner explained further the situation regarding commercial
Instructors taking students to France. The School/Instructor
must send their qualification procedures to Marion, in English
and the FFVL will inform the French authorities whether these
meet the required standards. A French language version of
their insurance policy document is also required. The police
will arrest Instructors working without the correct paperwork.
Permission will take a ‘reasonable administrative time’
– so six weeks or so.
The rules regarding paramotors are under review in Denmark.
In a ‘round the room‘ survey it was seen that
in some countries paramotor pilots fly within the hang glider/paraglider
association, in some they fly within the microlight association,
in some they have their own association, and in Switzerland
they are banned.
Charlie Jost then updated the meeting on developments in electric
powered hang gliders and paragliders – and the fact
that in German it seems likely that with short duration battery
packs that only provide a launch, hang gliders and paragliders
fitted with electric powerpacks will remain classified as
At the end of the AGC the EHPU presidency rotated to Ireland.
Next EHPU AGC will take place 11th February 2012 in Dublin.
6th December 2010
EHPU concerns about Paragliding Competition safety cited
in Cross Country magazine
1 and article
23rd September 2010
Italian new law for sport flight
The President of The Italian Republic has subscribed the
new law concerning the sport flight in Italy .
These are the most important new points of the law:
1) From next November 21 in Italy only free flight (not motorized
microlight or ultralight) can fly VFR with vertical limit
FL 195 in free “G” spaces (outside clouds ATZ
CTR & C.) about 5900 meters if space is free.
2) Free flight can fly over cities, roads, railways &
C. (before it was formally prohibited) at the flight level
that allows to gain a safe landing.
3) For the first time in Italy is officially ruled the flight
in thermals: the first pilot that enter the thermal decides
the left or right turn; the other pilots must turn the same
way; pilots inside thermals have right of way on pilots outside
thermals; pilots in thermals must give right of way to other
pilots that rise more in the same thermal;
4) Any free flight license of any European country is automatically
recognized in Italy.
5) In Italy the medical requirements are more strict than
It was a hard work for FIVL and being inside EHPU was important
to convince Italian authorities. This is a good news for EHPU
too! Of course a good news for any European pilot.
26th March 2010
27th February 2010
EHPU Annual General Conference at Tegernsee
Roughly 10 years ago the EHPU was founded, in order to ensure
that the needs of Hang Gliding and Paragliding are heard by
the European government bodies like the European Parliament,
the European Commission, EASA and Eurocontrol, with the aim
of protecting and promoting our sport. The EHPU is a member
of Europe Airsports, the umbrella organisation for all airsports
in Europe. Europe Airsports coordinates the efforts of the
different airsports representing 650,000 active pilots in
numerous European bodies.
||The Europe Airsport’s
vice-president Rudi Schuegraf reported to the EHPU Annual
General Conference (AGC) that there is a worry about the
increasing interest in UAVs and the potential dangers
of them operating in the same airspace as manned aircraft.
EHPU General Secretary Mark Dale added that we must pay
attention to the creation of Standardised European Rules
of the Air (SERA). Other than these issues, Hang Gliding
and Paragliding should remain ‘protected’
within Annex II from European legislation for at least
the next 5 years according to Rudi Schuegraf’s report.
The national Authorities will stay largely responsible
for HG and PG regulations in their countries.
| An EHPU position paper on National Regulation
has been approved by the AGC. It can be used by the EHPU
members for their negotiations with national bodies.
For the EHPU the biggest concern is airspace. EHPU Airspace
Officer Chris Borra reported to the AGC that the Eurocontrol
project "Single Sky" is not going to harmonise the
lower airspace. The national Authorities will remain responsible
for lower airspace regulations. An EHPU position paper on
Airspace has been updated by the AGC.
Environmental problems are a concern in many countries where
environmental groups and hunting organisations demand restrictions
for our sport.
The EHPU environmental officer Thomas Senac is collecting
all scientific studies about the effects our sport has in
reality, in order to make them available and for drafting
an EHPU position paper on this. Best practice examples of
EHPU members on dealing with this thread have been discussed
by the AGC.
DHV safety officer Karl Slezak informed the AGC about the
new Airworthiness regulations of the German Aviation Authorities
LTF. Most of the LTF requirements are identical with the 6
year old EN standard. Some important safety points are new
and are proposed to EN for implementation. EHPU chairman of
the subcommittee airworthiness, Angus Pinkerton, spoke about
the revision of EN926-2 (paraglider flight tests), which hopefully
will cover the LTF proposals, and about the EN Parachute standard
which appears to require some revision following the Swiss
The AGC discussed the lack of safety in international competitions
which are organised by FAI/CIVL. EHPU president Charlie Jöst
thanked the EHPU members for supporting the letter to CIVL
expressing our continued concerns over safety in competitions,
which seems to have had some effect. He thanked CIVL for carrying
out sprog measuring during the Hang Gliding World Championship
in France. But Paragliding competition safety is still a major
concern. Therefore the meeting fully endorsed the following
statement from the EHPU safety and training subcommittee:
It was suggested and agreed that pilots participating
in organised competitions should only use certified gliders.
It was also felt that the time had come to make dramatic changes
to the sort of tasks being set. It seems particularly dangerous
that tasks are always based on how fast a pilot can fly his
glider. Also it was noted that the pilots themselves had too
much influence in the whole structure of Competition Flying.
We know of no other sport where the competitors themselves
are almost entirely responsible for dictating the format of
the competition. While we understand the need for competitors
to have a voice, the detail of the general format should not
solely lie with them.
The AGC decided to send a new letter to CIVL and to more
closely control the votes of the EHPU member delegates for
FAI/CIVL in the future, in order to promote the EHPU policy
effectively within FAI/CIVL.
Marion Varner explained that the French Government is applying
Instructor competency requirements to visiting paragliding
and hang gliding Instructors. There is therefore a French
project to produce procedures for Instructor Competency recognition.
The EHPU subcommittee safety and training is involved with
this work. All EHPU members should send details of their Instructor
training and licensing scheme so that they can be fitted into
the ‘equivalence’ system.
||Luca Basso explained the SaFly
system which allows competition or recreational pilots
to be monitored and tracked in real time during flights.
This can make competition flights much more exciting for
spectators and audiences. It also has safety benefits.
Any association wishing to co-operate on this work should
At the end of the AGC the EHPU presidency rotated to Hungary.
Next EHPU AGC will take place 19. February 2011 in Budapest.
29th October 2009
Newsletter no 34 and Message of the President
12th Mai 2009
28th April 2009
EAS elects new President and Secretary General.
EAS newsletter No 32.
31st March 2009
Letter to CIVL regarding hang gliding and paragliding competitions
30th March 2009
9th February 2009
EHPU message to CIVL regarding safety and fair play in hang
The EHPU wishes to express its deep concern about the continuing
situation in hang glider competitions relating to sprog adjustment.
Lowering sprogs confers a performance advantage at the expense
of pitch stability and pilots who carry out this adjustment
are either unaware of, or reckless about the adverse effect
upon hang glider stability. The EHPU believe that the competitors
who undertake this activity are introducing unacceptable dangers
into the competition and the improved performance is therefore
an unfair advantage over fellow competitors. In the view of
the EHPU this amounts to cheating and should not be permitted.
The EHPU is also concerned that the lowering of sprogs by
international level competition pilots sets a very bad example
for other pilots who might be tempted into copying this hazardous
We wish to see an effective program put in place to prevent
or dissuade competition pilots from making these dangerous
1st October 2008
EHPU Safety and Training Committee Meeting
Chamonix minutes are online now. Please see internal
14th May 2008
EAS Annual General Meeting 2008
24th April 2008
EAS is looking for a new Programme Manager
EAS is looking for a new Programme Manager starting 1st of
June 2008. Please
see recruitment brief for details.
14th March 2008
EHPU Annual General Meeting 2008
The Annual General Meeting was held on 1st/2nd March 2008
Austria and Romania new
The EHPU plenary welcomed the Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Associations from Austria and Romania as new EHPU members.
Presentations of the AGM
to Airspace' from Guenter Bertram (EAS).
'New European Regulation Proposals in Light Aviation' from
Jan Fridrich (LAACR).
'European General Aviation Safety Team' from Jan Fridrich
16th October 2007
Briefing of EAS Activities - Latest EAS Newsletter
First European Discussion Forum on General Aviation
here for Information
22nd February 2007
Hungary and Ireland new
The EHPU plenary welcomed the Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Associations from Hungary and Ireland as new EHPU members.
Poland and Austria have expressed their intention to
join the EHPU.
Hang Gliding and Paragliding not affected by COM 579
To a very important question concerning all hang glider and
paraglider pilots in Europe the EHPU President Martin Heywood
and EHPU General Secretary Klaus Tänzler could give a
clear answer in their annual reports for the EHPU AGM:
Will Hang Gliding and Paragliding fall under the European
This question has been raised during the current rule making
process for the Amendment COM 579 of Regulation 1592 which
deals not only with the extension of EASA competence for licensing
and operation setting but also with the creation of a new
framework for Leisure Aviation.
Meanwhile the rule making process is far advanced. And EASA,
Commission, the European Parliament and the Council have agreed:
"It would not be appropriate to subject all aircraft
to common rules, in particular aircraft that are of simple
design or operate mainly on a local basis, and those that
are home-built or particularly rare or only exist in a small
number; such aircraft should therefore remain under the regulatory
control of Member States, without any obligation under this
Regulation on other Member States to recognize these national
And therefore Hang Gliding and Paragliding will belong also
in the future to the aircraft which are excluded from the
regulation 1592 in Annex 2:
…"(g) gliders with a maximum empty mass, of no
more than 80 kg when single-seater or 100 kg when two-seater,
including those which are foot launched"…
..."(j) any other aircraft which has a maximum empty
mass, including fuel, of no more than 70 kg"…
Several other topics have been discussed in the 7th EHPU
annual General Meeting, e.g. "Speed-Gliding", and
the participants agreed that all in all it has been a productive
Future European Air Space
One of the main topics of the EHPU annual general meeting
2007 was "access to airspace for hang gliding and paragliding."
Chris Bouman, a hang glider pilot who works for Eurocontrol,
presented a power point presentation made by Mr. Armit, Eurocontrol,
explaining the future plans.
After a discussion of this first hand information
the EHPU plenary agreed the following in addition to the EHPU
airspace policy paper:
"As regards revised class E airspace (i.e. future K
Airspace) outside CTR's, the EHPU strongly supports that the
norm is that no 2-way communication is required except in
those areas where this is necessary for demonstrable safety
reasons. Given the many issues still outstanding, including
health risks and the availability of suitable transponders,
the EHPU does not currently see a sound basis for requiring
hang gliding and paragliding to carry transponders anywhere.
It is the EHPU position that existing controlled airspace,
established in the past for reasons that were applicable at
that time, should be subject to reconsideration, with the
aim to change this airspace into uncontrolled airspace wherever
this is possible. Member nations are reminded that they should
constantly be aware about redundant controlled airspace and
take steps locally to encourage the authorities to release
this airspace as class G."
The EHPU is a member of Europe Airsports (EAS), where the
efforts of all airsports are coordinated. EAS has a delegate
in the two high level Eurocontrol committees which make policy
and approve actions of working groups: the Airspace and Air
Navigation Team (ANT) and Stakeholders Consultation Group
A Task Force named Alpha (TFA) is tasked by the Air Navigation
Team to prepare for a harmonised European Air Space. The reasoning
behind this was the variety of Air Space classification systems
used all over the ECAC States (European Civil Aviation Conference).
Europe Airsports Technical Officer Airspace Günter Bertram
is member of TFA. He is in good contact with EHPU and reported
"Currently airspace classification is still an important
issue. Above FL 195 the airspace is now mainly class C, harmonised
according to the wishes of the EU.
This slide shows the progress made with harmonisation
of the airspace above flight level FL195
Below FL 195 the classification is left to national regulators.
Here a major step forward was done without much hassle in
the spring of last year, by introducing the ICAO classification
in all of the ECAC states. ICAO uses the letters from A -
G to name the different air space categories. In use are mainly
air space C, D, E and G. This will be probably true for some
years to come."
Quotes from the Eurocontrol ASM Workshop on the Future Simplification
of Airspace Classifications in ECAC Airspace indicate what
Günter has reported:
"Asked if it is National Authorities which would decide
upon changes to the classification of airspace (..below FL
195..), Mr. Armit agreed that this is a State responsibility
but EUROCONTROL would provide guidance material."
Günter Bertram closed his report with a warning:
"Any air space infringement is bad for our reputation
as pilots. An accident due to a violation would probably lead
to more restrictions."
16th January 2007
Annual General Meeting of EHPU in Annecy/France on 17th
See internal for details.
20th December 2006
Video of Hang Gliding and Paragliding
New on ehpu.org: Have a look at our Video
of Hang Gliding and Paragliding "Flying like a Bird".
This video has been presented in the lobby at the first EUROCONTROL
Sporting & Recreational Aviation Conference in Brussels
(see below) to provide basic information about Hang Gliding
and Paragliding. Other videos have been shown during the presentation
of Klaus Tänzler (see
here for presentation and videos).
8th December 2006
Eurocontrol Sporting and Recreational Aviation Conference
EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of
Air Navigation and EUROPE AIR SPORTS (EAS), the association
of the European National Aero Clubs and European Air Sports
Unions, held the 1st Sporting & Recreational Aviation
Conference at the EUROCONTROL HQ in Brussels on Friday 1st
December 2006. See
Europe Airsports Newsletter for more information.
here for presentations and videos
EHPU General Secretary Klaus Tänzler explained the needs
and concerns of Hang Gliding and Paragliding. His motivational
powerpoint presentation (with video clips) has been well received.
Beside the hang glider (from EHPU Airspace
Expert Chris Bouman) informed a video presentation in the
Eurocontrol lobby about Hang Gliding and Paragliding.
1st November 2006
This link shows an extraction of the IAOPA Newsletter concerning
EASA policy: IAOPA
21st July 2006
Newsletter Europe Airsports
This newsletter shows the current activities of Europe Airsports.
EHPU is a member of Europe Airsports. Especially the items
NPA 06/2006 on safety regulation of aerodromes, Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles and the Eurocontrol matters are currently being worked
on by EHPU. Newsletter
On 25/26 March 2006 the General Meeting of EAS was held in
you find the EAS Newsletter with general information on
the meeting matters.
24th February 2006
EHPU Annual General Meeting
EHPUs annual General Meeting has been
held in Thalwil / Zurich on 18th February. The Presidents
and Secretary Generals of 13 Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Federations were present. The Czech federation LAA has been
welcomed as new member. Europe Airsports President Sir John
Allison visited the EHPU meeting and held a very well received
speech. You find his speech here.
Roland Stuck, President of the European Gliding Union (EGU),
has been invited too in order to advance the coordination
of the policies between gliding, hang gliding and paragliding.
You find his presentation here.
standing from left: Sergio Calabresi
(I), Scott Torkelsen (DK), Daniel Riner (CH), Chris Bouman
(NL), Angus Pinkerton (UK), Yves Borreman (B), Jurij Franko
(SLO), Niels Jensen (DK), Jean-Claude Benintende (F), Chris
Borra (NL), Miroslav Fejt (CR), António Fernandes (P),
Karel Vejchodsky (CR), Hans-Peter Fallesen (S), Marion Varner
sitting from left: Luigi de Stefanis (I), Pietro Bacchi (I),
Charlie Jöst (D), Hanspeter Denzler (CH), Martin Heywood
(UK), Klaus Tänzler (D), Andreia Lopes (P)
9th January 2006
Europe Airsports report on last year's activities just came
out, see here.
EHPU supports the work of Europe Airsports as a paying member.
9th January 2006
Good relationship between EAS and EASA
Europe Airsports Consultant Rudolf Schuegraf is in close
contact with EHPU General Secretary Klaus Tänzler in
order to keep EHPU well informed about all legislation activities
in Europe. Rudolf reports from EAS/EASA Workshop Part M 04/05.11.2005
"One major lesson I learned from the workshop was that
and its officials dealing with the content and conduct of
the workshop were acting as partners. They showed a strong
interest in improving the relationship to the recreational
and airsports aviation community. During the two years time
since EASA was officially established as Aviation Agency of
the EU the original staff experienced a steep learning curve
which resulted in a better and more complete understanding
of the airsports system in the 25 member states. It is now
EAS is representing the expertise in that field of aviation,
the EAS advice is well accepted."
This Workshop Part M dealt with matters of no concern for
hang gliding and paragliding. EASA shows no intention to deal
with our affairs now or in the future.
20th October 2005
News from Brussels
An important issue is the redesign of European airspace.
Restructuring of upper-airspace has been decided upon. Lower
airspace issues finally resulted in a decision of Eurocontrol
to recommend not to define a common Lower Airspace
Level for the member-States. Regulation of lower
airspace is left to the National Authorities. This is a satisfactory
result – however, national developments should be monitored
carefully by our Members!
Another issue of great concern was the regulation for charging
air navigation services where an intended coverage
of VFR traffic would impact our community. The issue is suspended
at European level, also by pressures from EAS, but again National
regulators can impose unsatisfactory rules.
21st September 2005
Next Annual General Meeting of EHPU in Thalwil/Zurich on
18th of February 2006
See internal for details.
18th August 2005
EHPU European Safety and Training Committee Meeting on 27th/28th
This year the ESTC Meeting will be held on the Wasserkuppe
in Germany, a historical site for aviation. Current issues
of safety and training matters will be discussed. Here
you find the agenda.
9th June 2005
EU Sports Consultation Conference on 14/15 June in Brussels
The EU is interested to identify areas in which an EU action
could present an added value in promoting the social function
of sport in relation to initiatives already developed by sporting
organisations and Member States. One of the questions to be
addressed: How can sport contribute to social cohesion in
The European Commission has convoked this Consultation Conference
as part of its efforts to consult with all major stakeholders
on the present and future interplay between the EU and sport
– how best to match expectations. During two days, representatives
of the European sport movement, including Olympic and non-Olympic
sports, big and small organisations, elite and mass sports,
academics and NGOs active in the field of sport, have the
opportunity to make their voice heard and to share their different
experiences and perceptions. In coordination with FAI - who
formally represents sports matters with the EU - it is agreed
that a Europe Air Sports delegation will attend the Sports
Conference, since two important issues have a potential impact
on regulatory matters where Europe Air Sports represents the
air sports community.
27th April 2005
on national level
||Lobbying on European level has to be accompanied
by lobbying on national level.
article shows an example of national lobbying in the
UK where the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association
has joined the “GA Alliance” together with
other national airsports organisations.
Now the Under Secretary of State has met with GA Alliance
members and so connections on ministerial level have been
27th April 2005
Annual General Meeting of Europe Airsports (EAS)
At the EAS meeting in Friedrichshafen at 23. April 2005 the
president Sir John Allison gave an impressive description
of EAS in his presidents
report. It is worth reading!
The board election brought new board members:
Frank Peter Doerner (Germany) a lawyer specialized in European
Law and Aviation Law, Marcel Felten (Luxemburg) former TO
Airspace and Jean Paul De Looff (France). The re-elected Louis
Berger (Belgium) continues to hold good connections to the
European Commission and European Parliament.
The EAS president offered to the FAI, the European Unions
(such as EHPU) and the national Aero Clubs to send for each
an observer to the bureau meetings. The EMF
(European Microlight Federation), the EGU (European Gliding
Union) and the EHPU agreed to send Roland Stuck as their observer.
The aero modellers have not yet founded an European Union
but are considering the foundation. The EPU (European Parachuting
Union) is not an EAS member because of money reasons but has
been represented in this EAS meeting.
For the EHPU it makes sense to agree that the EGU president
Roland represents the Unions in the EAS board during the next
year, because the EGU has the same intentions in Airspace
matters as the EHPU. There is a close and friendly relationship
between the EHPU and the EGU. While hang gliding and paragliding
is exempted from EU regulations on licensing, airworthiness
and maintenance - gliding is not. As a result the EGU has
to deal with much more urgent European regulation problems
than the EHPU.
During the EAS meeting the representatives for powered flying
and gliding expressed their concern about the EASA opinion
on maintenance and the unwillingness of EASA to take on board
the EAS proposals. (We are exempted from this regulation.)
Knowing that the European Commission tends to accept EASA
opinions the EAS meeting agreed a strategy to tackle the problem.
The EMF presented their wish to propose to EASA a new definition
of microlights which is currently described in Annex
II of EC Regulation N.1592/2002. The EMF wishes to raise the
maximum take off mass to 600 kg. As changes of Annex II will
also affect other airsports the EAS has tasked a working group
with the creation of a new Annex II draft. It should then
be proposed to the European governing bodies by the EAS.
21st April 2005
Annual report on EAS activities
of the Secretary General of Europe Airsports gives an
overview about the efforts taken last year.
19th April 2005
Rudi Schuegraf - new EAS Program Manager
||The European Airsports organisations
such as the EHPU coordinate their efforts within Europe
Europe Airsports has hired a Program manager with the
financial help of EHPU in order to further professionalize
their work in particular towards the European Parliament,
the European Commission and the European Aviation Authority
(EASA). The duties of the manager are
- Support the role of the volunteer, elected Board
and its technical officers
- Manage the internal process of analysing and responding
to regulatory developments and initiating policy and
- Source all information relevant to developments
in civil aviation regulation in Europe, assimilate,
analyse and disseminate summaries
- Manage the EAS programmes in co-ordination with
its wide network of air sport organisations, technical
experts and interested parties
- Develop and maintain wide knowledge-based network
of contacts in aviation
- Conduct research into specific aviation regulatory
|The EAS Board has decided that,
as from June 2005, the duties of the Programme Manager
will be taken over by Mr. Rudolf Schuegraf. The former
Starfighter and PPL-A pilot has worked as Secretary General
for the German Aero Club for several years. Since 1991
he has worked voluntarily for the EAS as a member of task
forces of several European Authority bodies where he gained
a great deal of experience and insight.
12th April 2005
European Charging Scheme for Air Navigation Services
This new Commission
regulation draft is based on a proposal made by Eurocontrol.
The good news is in article 9:
"Member States shall exempt from charges: a) flights
performed by aircraft of which the maximum take-off weight
authorisied is less than two metric tons."
But still it is only a draft.
11th April 2005
Report from the Eurocontrol General Aviation Day
||During the General Aviation
Day of Eurocontrol in Brussels at 8. April 2005 the Europe
Airsports President Sir John Allison adressed the conference
on behalf of the national Aero Clubs and the Airsports
Unions like the EHPU. You can find his speech here.
EHPU has been represented by EHPU Secretary General Klaus
Tänzler, who attended the conference together with
the EHPU Airspace specialist Chris Bouman (a Dutch hang
glider pilot, who works for Eurocontrol) and Hanspeter
Denzler from the Swiss Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association
The General Aviaton Day brought clarification that for
the time being Eurocontrol will not propose regulation
for the Airspace below FL 195 if the European Commission
accepts this which is likely. That means the national
regulations will stay for the airspace used by us during
the next years. But work for below FL195 will continue
through Eurocontrol working arrangements, such as the
Task Force A, which will need continued attention, as
this will be an important basis of what states will do
without regulation in place, and of course a basis for
any future regulation.
Another concern of aisports pilots is
that in the future also VFR airspace users might be
charged for using airspace by control service providers.
Up to now only IFR airspace users have to finance control
services which are provided also to VFR airspace users.
Eurocontrol stated that it is up to the states to make
exemptions from the charging but it is a request of
the European Commission that cross subsidies must be
Here you find some of the presentations made on: Mode
6th April 2005
General Aviation Day of Eurocontrol on 8 April 2005
The yearly General Aviation Day is an important meeting
to get an update on developments that could affect General
Aviation. The majority of participants and subjects will be
on issues more related to motorised General Aviation (IFR
and VFR), but it is also the adequate forum for the European
Airsports organisations to make their points. Therefore EHPU
will attend the meeting. One of the issues at hand: We want
to avoid fees for using certain airspaces. A
Charging Scheme for Air Navigation Services has been drafted
already by Eurocontrol and there is an Exemption
Table relating to the Charges.
31st March 2005
EASA Fees and Charges regulation
The implications of this new regulation will be discussed
at the General Meeting of Europe Airsports in Friedrichshafen
on 23 April, where delegates of the EHPU and other Airsports
Organisations will be present. EHPU seeks to avoid EASA fees
and charges for our sport.
and Charges regulation (pdf).