The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is seeking to improve harmonisation of conspicuity devices for small airborne vehicles.
Airborne collision risk involving non-commercially exploited small aeroplanes represent a key priority in EASA annual safety review and for the development of safety actions at EU level in the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS). Given the diversity of the so-called electronic conspicuity devices, these are not always interoperable with each other, meaning that aircraft may or may not be electronically visible to each other. Here the lack of harmonised technical standards addressing the performances of such devices, the data transmission protocols and formats as well as the radiocommunication spectrum usage is a major impediment to their widespread use in Europe. In addition, the requirements set for electronic conspicuity of manned aircraft for U-space operations (SERA 6005 (c)) will enter into force in 2023 and will impact on the possible choices for GA pilots regarding the installation of such devices.
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