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New board members appointed during the General Assembly of 26 March 2019

Europe AirSports Newsletter

The monthly newsletter of EAS is of great interest to all Airsports. Have a close look...

8.33 kHz spacing

The 25kHz spacing has been used for decades in air-to-air communication in airsports. But this technology is outdated and due to be replaced by systems using 8.33 kHz spacing, allowing for many more communication channels within the same radio band. The official document from the EC (ref. 1079/2012) states that "Member States shall ensure that by 31 December 2017 at the latest all radios have the 8,33 kHz channel spacing capability with the exception of ground radios operated by air navigation service providers."

Find here the notes and memos from Belgocontrol, the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) and the Royal Belgian Aeroclub as well as the EC document.

Till Jan.1st 2018, the use of outdated radios using the 25 kHz spacing is tolerated.

Gold medal for Belgian parachutists team

The Belgian team earned first place during the Skydiving championship in Czech Republic. This championship took place between  25 and 31 august this year. Congratulations to our team !

Koninklijk Besluit Paramotoren - Arrêté Royal Paramoteurs

The Royal Decree about paramotor flying is finally published. Het Koninklijk Besluit voor Paramotoren is eindelijk uit. Jean-Paul Prévot en zijn team hebben er jaren aan gewerkt. Hopelijk helpt het de paramotoristen in de dagelijkse beoefening van hun sport...

NOTAM A2792/14

Communicated by Roland Moineau, DGTA-DGLV

Please inform KBAC/ACRB that the following NOTAM has been published in order to better accommodate the FPL requirements for the general aviation:

A2792/14
From:24 DEC 14 11:00 Till:PERM
Text:REF AIP ENR 1.10, PARA 2.A, AN ABBREVIATED FPL IS SUFFICIENT TO OBTAIN ATC CLR TO DEPART FROM AN AD/HELIPORT AND ROUTE TO THE APPROPRIATE CTR BDRY. A FULL FPL MUST BE FILED IF THE DEST AD IS TO BE NOTIFIED OF THE FLT. AN ABBREVIATED FPL IS THE LIMITED INFO REQUIRED TO OBTAIN CLR FOR A PORTION OF A FLT, FILED EITHER BY TEL PRIOR TO TKOF OR BY RTF WHEN AIRBORNE. THIS MIGHT BE THE CASE IN ORDER TO OBTAIN THE REQUIRED CLR TO FLY IN A CTR, TMA, CTA OR TO CROSS AN AWY. NO FPL IS SUBMITTED AND THE DEST AD IS NOT INFORMED

AIP will be accordingly amended.

SERA EU 923/2012

A. SERA » Standardized European Rules of the Air »  EU 923/2012,  est d’application en Belgique depuis le 4 décembre 2014. Ceci a été annoncé par la circulaire AIC 12/2014 du 16 octobre, rendant ipso facto «  obsolete »,  l’ AR du 15 septembre 1994 sur les Règles de l’Air. Mais la DGTA ou Belgocontrol , prévoit des « adaptations » ! 

Occurence reporting EU 376/2014

"Occurrence Reporting »  EU 376/2014 dont il a été beaucoup question lors de la réunion « GA Safety Day ». En fait la règle d’application ( I R - Implementation Rule) rendra ce règlement obligatoire à la mi novembre 2015, lorsque l’IR aura été publié au JO avec la liste des sujets qui devront obligatoirement être rapportés suivant le type d’aéronefs ( Pour les Fédé de l’ACRB : Avions, Planeurs, Ballons). Pour la petite histoire, suite à mon mail du 10 déc ? au CDC, Jo a pu obtenir officiellement cette liste de la DGTA, pour laquelle les Fédés - suivant Jo- n’ont pas de remarques. Mais, l’Art 3 du 376 en son § 2 prévoit que ce règlement de s’applique pas aux aéronefs de l’Annexe II du 216/2008. Les Etats membres peuvent décider d’appliquer le présent règlement, également à des évènements et à d’autres informations relatives à la sécurité impliquant des aéronefs visés à l’annexe II du 216/2008.   

À propos des RPAS

A Propos des RPAS, à l’occasion des débats que devait avoir le Conseil des Ministres sur le sujet, sous la Présidence Italienne, le 8 octobre 2014, au nom de l’ACRB/EAS, j’ai demandé au délégué belge, Mr Jean-Marie NEVENS, de bien vouloir prendre en compte, lors de ces débats, les quatre principes directeurs permettant de maintenir la sécurité des opérations de notre aviation sportive et récréative à savoir : 
a. La sécurité du vol ne doit pas être compromise et le faible niveau des collisions en vol doit être maintenu; 
b. L’insertion des drones dans l’espace aérien non contrôlé ne doit pas engendrer un coût supplémentaire en équipement, pour les aéronefs avec équipage.
c. Les systèmes d’évitement utilisés par les RPAS doivent détecter tous les avions et en particulier ceux dépourvus d’équipements ad hoc; 
d. Les RPAS doivent être identifiés et identifiables afin d’améliorer leur « détectabilité » visuelle. 
Madame Dejace de la DGTA m’a fourni l’adresse e-mail du délégué belge au Conseil du 8 octobre 2014. Mme Erika Billen a été mise en copie de l’intervention de l’ACRB.
Par son mail du 30 septembre Mr Nevens m’a remercié de notre contribution utile lors du débat ministériel consacré à l’encadrement futur des RPAS.
Louis Berger

Aviation Safety - possible revision of regulation 216/2008

We received recently the document concerning the possible revision of the regulation EC 216/2008.

We also received the French reaction to this document.  

Europe Air Sports General conference March 2015

The General Conference of Europe Air Sports was held in Luxembourg 21-22 March 2015

As usual this conference was divided into two parts :

  1. A technical Part where not only the Members were invited but also some "officials";
  2. The General Assembly of the Members

Technical Part of the General Conference: 

Beside the presentations made by Members of the Board of EAS, the invited officials made their own: Yves MORIER, EASA Head of GA & Drones Departement;  M Pouzet of Eurocontrol; Garrity Robin of SESAR EU; Fritz Brink from FAI. 

All those presentations can be seen here

General Assembly of the Members:

Those presentations are reserved to Members of RBAC Board. 

Proposal of EASA to the EU Commission

Opinion 01-2015

In the frame of Basic Regulation 2016/2008 revision, EASA made its proposal to the EU Commission called  "Opinion 01-2015". 

8.33kHz Implementation Support Press Release

An European consortium to help the transition to 8.33 KHz radio equipment

A consortium led by IAOPA Europe and aviation consultants Helios has applied for EU funds to offset the costs of upgrading equipment to meet new rules on 8.33kHz channel spacing - and they are calling on General Aviation (GA) users and aerodromes to pre-register now to obtain refunds where applicable. See: http://833.iaopa.eu/index.php/fr/

See the Press Release issued by our organisation

EASA Airplane maintenance leaflet

EASA recently issued a new version of its Airplane Maintenance Leaflet

Journée découverte à Saint Hubert

Ce 5 novembre, on pourra découvrir à Saint Hubert les joies de Sports de l'Air.

Pour participer aux sessions de formation, inscrivez-vous par mail à dega@skynet.be (places limitées)

Fichier PDF ici

FAI General Conference 2017

Awards winning Ceremony

LILIENTHAL Gliding Medal . Patrick Pauwels (B) first Belgian winner ever.

Outstanding pilots and pioneers from across the global air sports arena were celebrated at the 2017 FAI Awards Ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland. The event was graced with the presence of several high profile guests, including Dr Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The ceremony marked the start of the 111th FAI General Conference, which took place in Lausanne on 26 and 27 October 2017.

FAI award for individual discipline :

LILIENTHAL GLIDING MEDAL - Gliding
Patrick PAUWELS (Belgium)


In recognition for his lifetime contribution and dedication to the sport of gliding and his long national and international service during several European and World Championships among other duties as steward or chief steward.
His dedication and professionalism in the world of gliding and national/international (Royal Belgian Aeroclub, IGC and EGU) has been very valuable.

Lilienthal Gliding Medal

Patrick Pauwels (B) first Belgian Lilienthal Award winner ever
Outstanding pilots and pioneers from across the global air sports arena were celebrated at the 2017 FAI Awards Ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland. The event was graced with the presence of several high profile guests, including Dr Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The ceremony marked the start of the 111th FAI General Conference, which took place in Lausanne on 26 and 27 October 2017. FAI award for individual discipline : LILIENTHAL GLIDING MEDAL - Gliding Patrick PAUWELS (Belgium) In recognition for his lifetime contribution and dedication to the sport of gliding and his long national and international service during several European and World Championships among other duties as steward or chief steward. His dedication and professionalism in the world of gliding and national/international (Royal Belgian Aeroclub, IGC and EGU) has been very valuable.

Customs airports France

Liste des aéroports frontaliers

PDF document icon Points_de_passage_frontaliers novembre 2017.pdf — PDF document, 378 KB (387150 bytes)

Flights to France

Important update.

PDF document icon Vols SchengenFR.pdf — PDF document, 88 KB (90857 bytes)

No restrictions for flying within Schengen

A clarification after fake news circulated by misinformed parties

Please read the documents recently provided by our friend Paul Windey

French version

Dutch version

New members of the board elected

New board members have been elected during the General Assembly of 26 March 2019 and also three vice présidents.

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