The last EAS newsletter has new info on this.
CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS FOR THE OPT OUT 600 KG MTOM – Rieteke van Luijt
MTOM – Maximum Take-off Mass
“….. Member States may decide to regulate aeroplanes, helicopters and sailplanes up to
600 kg nationally by simple notification ….”
Germany, Czech Republic and France are the first to use the opt out.
According to current information Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Slovakia,
Spain, Lithuania and even the UK will opt out. Italy is expected to follow later.
The German Airworthiness standard LTF-UL 2019 (Nfl 2-446-19 15 jan. 2019) will be
used in most countries.
Germany has made good progress with the Opt-Out. The CAA (LBA) published the new
technical requirements for 3 axis-controlled UL’s (Ultra-lights) and Gyros on 15 January
2019 and German LTF-ULH 2019 for UL-Helicopters was published on 28 February 2019.
In the Czech Republic the new rules were published in March. The Czechs coordinate
with DULV (Deutscher Ultraleichtflugverband) and DAeC (Deutscher Aero Club) and try to
be compatible with Germany as much as possible and also using the LTF-UL 2019 standard.
France has worked out a solution with the DGAC (Directorate General for Civil Aviaton)
for microlights to have up to 525 kg MTOM.
Europe Air Sports is now seeking a meeting with the European Civil Aviation Conference
(ECAC). We hope to make our case for an ECAC Recommendation intended to facilitate
simple cross border flying for aeroplanes up to 600 kg MTOM.
In separate news the FAI Microlight and Paramotor Commission, CIMA, has increased the
limits for microlight competitions to 600 kg MTOM, according to Opt-out conditions.
“even the UK will opt out”
I wonder how this will pan out. The P2008 is a VLA with MTOW of 640kg (if I’m not completely mistaken). However, the empty weight is so large that with two normal middle aged dudes, and no extra luggage, the fuel can only be filled half up. It got 100l tanks, but only 50 can be used.
Even though it has a Rotax 912, MTOW of 640, it still is a one man plane when it comes to longer distance cross country, even worse so than some ULs.
The market decides I guess. More bling sell better than more pay load obviously. So much that the increase in MTOW means nothing.
There should also be a max empty weight, or a minimum pay load.