EBF Covid 19 Protocol

EBF has prepared a COVID 19 Protocol for our members to either uses or take as a idea to expand on. It is available to EBF members and is meant to generate ideas and suggestions. If you already have a protocol you may want to read the EBF protocol and compare.

EBF covid 19 Protocol.

All members are free to use this document.

You are welcome to let us know your comments and suggestions! kaa@ballooning-federation.eu

Karel Abbenes

Recording of flight time

Type of flight When does this type of flight occur? How is time logged?
Normal flight When you have your BPL and you fly a trip (regardless of whether you are alone in the basket or not) in a balloon class you are approved for. The time is recorded as Pilot in Command by the pilot.
Pilot under Training (PUT)

You are in training.
This may be training to acquire your BPL or to extend the BPL certificate privileges

Time is recorded as Dual / instruction flight.
FI (B) records time as Pilot in Command and as FI (B)
Training flight You must have at least one training flight with an FI (B) within the last 48 months prior to the scheduled flight. Time is recorded as Dual / instruction flight.
FI (B) records time as Pilot in Command and as FI(B)
Solo You fly your solo flight during your training.
Your instructor follows from the ground.
The time is recorded as Pilot in Command.
FI(B) cannot record flight time.
Practical skill test When acquiring a new certificate privileges for a new balloon class.
You fly a practical skill test with an FE(B).
Time is recorded as Pilot in Command (if you pass).
FE(B) records the time as Pilot in Command and as FE8B)
Proficiency test You do not meet the hourly experience requirement or training flight required, so you must have acquired your privileges again. Time is recorded as Pilot in Command (if you pass).
FE(B) records the time as Pilot in Command and as FE(B).
Dual (under supervision) You fly under supervision with an FI(B) (who is the commander/PIC) and you fly at different times during the flight. You register the time you fly the balloon as Dual.
The commander registers the entire flight as Pilot in Command.

“Flight time” means the total time from the moment the basket leaves the ground for the purpose of taking off until the moment it finally comes to a rest at the end of the flight.

COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol

For your information and consideration I attach the EASA recommendations (not compulsory) regarding COVID 19 measures for flights.

They are not specifically written for ballooning, but you can distil from these what you think is needed.

We have proposed to restart commercial ballooning based on these suggestions in the Netherlands. We will know next week if they have the guts to say yes to our suggestions. All the research points toward a extremely remote chance to get infected in the open air if normal hygienic measures are observed. Covering mouth and nose with protective hospital quality covers offers very limited protection if you are not trained appropriately. 


Karel Abbenes

GAMA-IAOPA Europe General Aviation Survey 2020

Dear members, 

Attached you will find the annual IAOPA and GAMMA enquiry for us to fill out. 

The data will be used to get better insight in how much we use airspace at what annual cost  and if we are happy with EASA and our NAA’s. 

Please read the enquiry and we would like you to consider filling it out as soon as possible. 



BFCL Balloon Flight Crew Licensing continues to progress

EBF was deeply involved in preparing the draft version of Part Balloon Flight Crew Licensing that has now gone to the EASA Committee for consideration and a vote at its October 2019 meeting.  EBF supports the final version as the best achievable outcome for ballooning.  After October, the Implementing Rules (IR) will be published. This may however be as late as December. The Implementation Date remains planned for 8th April 2020, with an transition period of one year during which national licences are still valid.

EASA and EBF are working on AMC (acceptable means of compliance)  and GM (guidance materials). Work has continued over the Summer and the final draft is expected in September for our review and comments. These documents must be finalised before April 2020. 

This is the situation as per today and could change if EASA or the EASA Committee or Member States (MS) see a need to change the dates.

If you require any further info contact EBF at kaa@ballooning-federation.eu

Part BOP Balloon Operations entering into force today April 8th 2019

Part BOP is applicable to ALL balloonists!

Part BOP BAS is for all balloonist the new Operations law and Part BOP ADD is compulsory for all commercial balloonpilots and Operators. The structure of this new handboor for all balloonist is not difficult to understand.

The big issue is that you must adhere to these rules as of today April 8th 2019. If you are a commercial operator you must read Part BOP ADD. You must have an Operations Manual and a Management Manual possibly combined.

Most of what Part BOP explaines you will already have in place we assume. In some EU countries this is compusary and other have made handbooks that are not very different form Part BOP.  

We recommend that every pilot and every Operator reeds the tekst of the two sections and make sure you have your paperwork in order. 

If you have any questions please contact the European Ballooniong Federation (kaa@ballooning-federation.eu ) 

The link to the full version of part BOP can be found in: (pls start at page 18!) https://www.easa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/dfu/Balloon%20Rule%20Book.pdf

The explanation of how the Training Organisation (DTO) should work published by EASA

On September 14th EASA published the AMC and GM (Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material) for the Declared Training Organisation DTO.

As you will remember EASA had planned to have the Training of balloon pilots in the Approved Training Organisation (ATO). We as the European Ballooning Federation have together with others objected to the complexity of the ATO for ballooning. We have been part of a working group on behalf of all balloonists to symplify the training organisation. We have been succesful in writing the Declared Training Organiosation (DTO) We now have a Europe wide less complex system as compared to the ATO but in some countries still more complex that you have today.

The rules of the DTO can be found under: https://www.easa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/dfu/Annex%20I%20to%20ED%20Decision%202018-009-R%20%28AMC%20%26%20GM%20to%20Part-DTO%29%20.pdf

You can also find the introduction of EASA to the new DTO structure under: https://www.easa.europa.eu/node/46126

If you have any questions pls contact EBF.

Be ready for EU Regulations in Part BOP

We would like to keep you up to date on the latest developments regarding new legislation being prepared at EASA. As we all know the Operations laws and regulations will enter into force as at April 8th 2019. All commercial activities will have to be declared by that date and all operators big or small will have to have an Operations and Management Manual. Please make sure that you have that in place by April 8th of next year. You can read what is needed in the AMC (Acceptable Means of Compliance) of Part BOP (https://www.easa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/dfu/Balloon%20Rule%20Book.pdf )

Latest developments in Part B-FCL

During the 6 monthly EASA GA Com meeting, where EBF is represented, the new Balloon FCL was discussed and the latest proposals presented. There will be a written procedure for all National Aviaton Authorities to respond to the proposals. After the written procedure the proposals will be presented at the EASA Committee meeting in februari 2019. The new legislation will be in force April 8th 2020.

Attached the presentation that summarises the situation as of today. Please bear in mind that this is a final proposal and not yet legislation. Thing will change! In order to keep you informed about the progress that is being made we attach the presentation (amended).

If there are any questions or suggestions pls contact kaa@ballooning-federation.eu or one of the board members.



Latest developments with EASA

Having been involved in many meetings about EASA rulemaking we are now in a position to give you some new information.

New Basic Regulation

New Basic Regulation on common rules in the field of civil aviation will replace the current EU.216/2008 – see https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1535746700163&uri=CELEX:32018R1139. Here you also can find the regulation in your own language.

For balloon operators there is little direct change. All balloons under 42.000 ft³ will fall outside EASA and are governed by National Law. This should make it easier to get approval for new aircraft and parts. It has become clear that for some current NAA – National Aviation Authority-work a Qualified Entity can take over the NAA tasks. It also states that NAAs should actively promote aerial sports and other flying.

We are currently working on a paper making clear all differences between the old Basic Regulations and the new.

Declared Training Organisation

The final publication was made of the DTO ( Declared Training Organisation) as replacement for the ATO (Approved Training Organization) earlier this month. Declaration for new Training Organisations can be made early in September this year. The lack of complexity and operating ease of the DTO will be welcomed by many and the administrative ATO will no longer be needed for ballooning and light aircraft and sailplanes. The full text can be found at the EASA site https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1535746892364&uri=CELEX:32018R1119

Balloon Flight Crew Licensing

Part BAC has now been renamed as Part B.FCL Balloon Flight Crew Licensing.

We have had the final meeting in June during which all NAA’s and other parties could make their opinions known. We are now processing the comments and hope to be ready by the end of the year. Introduction April 8th 2020.

Balloon Operations

As we have published before Part BOP will enter into force at April 8th 2019. All commercial balloonists will have to prepare for this and hand in the DECLARATION as of that date. Please note that you cannot operate a balloon commercially without have made the declaration to your NAA.