General
SR Number: 2019-04
Date Issued: 07/11/2019
Addressee: HELLENIC CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (HCAA)
Why this Recommendation was Developed: link_64Final Report 03/2019
Status: CLOSED - Adequate SR_CLOSED
Recommendation

SR Number:

2019-04 -- Date Issued: 07/11/2019
Why this Recommendation was Developed: link_64Final Report 03/2019
Addressee: HELLENIC CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (HCAA)
Status: CLOSED - Adequate
Recommendation: Having regard to the following:

Outdoor adventure sports tourism, being a form of sports tourism addressed to visitors-tourists who travel to a destination for the purpose of actively participating in a sport leisure activity, paragliding in this particular case, is a fast-growing sector of the tourism industry in the Hellenic Territory.

The regulatory framework governing the activities, the operation and the conduct of hang-gliding and paragliding flights, as well as any other similar activity, is the Hang-gliding and Paragliding Regulation, issued by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. In the said regulation there is no mention of the conditions that must be met by visiting foreign paragliding pilots intending to engage in this sport within the Hellenic Territory. Furthermore, the observed increase in the number of flights conducted by foreign paragliding pilots, who lack knowledge about the regulatory framework applicable in Greece, constitutes a potential risk to civil aviation at large.

For these reasons AAIASB recommends the following:

SAFETY RECOMMENDATION 2019-04: Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority in cooperation with Hellenic Aeronautical & Air Sports Federation should consider reviewing and revising the Hang-gliding and Paragliding Regulation to include the new forms of sports tourism and lay down the conditions that must be met by visiting foreign paragliding pilots when intending to engage in paragliding in the Hellenic Territory; furthermore, they should examine ways by which foreign paragliding pilots intending to engage in paragliding in the Hellenic Territory are to be informed of the said regulatory framework.
Response

SR Number:

2019-04 -- Date Issued: 07/11/2019
Why this Recommendation was Developed: link_64Final Report 03/2019
Addressee: HELLENIC CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (HCAA)
Status: CLOSED - Adequate
Response: Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) responded on 10-3-2020 via e-mail (AAIASB incoming document number 1044/15.04.2020) to AAIASB safety recommendation 2019-04 that:

The actions taken [HCAA] to satisfy the 2019-04 safety recommendation are:

A) Email to the European Hang Gliding and Parachuting Union to inform its members to contact the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority and the Hellenic Aeronautical & Airsports Federation, in order to be informed about the Greek Legislation and the areas they can operate safely. (Related attachment number 1).

B) Email to Hellenic Aeronautical & Airsports Federation to inform the [foreign] federations with which it cooperates to inform their members before operating in Greece to contact them to provide information on the [Greek] legislation and areas they can operate (relevant attachment number 2).

C) The elaboration of the new regulation requires time and we [HCAA] will cooperate with the Hellenic Aeronautical & Airsports Federation for its issue.

[AAIASB assessed this response as “Adequate” and changed the SR 2019-04 status to “Closed” in its letter with document number AAIASB/1169/07.05.2020]