Some of the topics discussed during the round table organized by the Aeronautical Union of Serbia (AUS) were the problems sport airmen encounter in practice. To begin with, the need for specific rules to be changed, followed by the question of the aviation accidents, their cause and frequency of happening. In addition to these problems, various aviation services fees were looked into, together with the way penal policy is implemented and the possibility of efficient joint problem- solving at the institutional level.
The subject that gathered not only hundreds of representatives of the Ministry of Civil Engineering, Transport and Infrastructure, Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD), Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services (SMATSA), AUS, Serbian aviation clubs, but also the representatives of Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia was “The impact of aviation regulations on sport aviation flight safety and the airspace management” . This roundtable was organized through the project CAN (Cross-border Air Networking) from the European Union pre-accession funds, aiming to raise the aviation security, strengthen small sport airports and search and rescue services capacity building.
The roundtable was officially opened by the Air Transport Deputy Minister, Zoran Ilic, who pointed out the willingness of the Ministry to co-operate with other institutions in the domain of sport aviation current problems solving and announced some of the innovations in the new Law on traffic, which is due to accelerate several complicated procedures.
Secretary General of the Aeronautical Union of Serbia, Željko Ovuka, highlighted that human factor is what usually causes accidents to occur. He also emphasized that the accidents are more common to happen at the beginning and at the end of the season, and drew attention to the fact that highly restrictive and costly regulations in certain segments often lead to an increase in illegal flights. The penal policy exists, however, field supervision is weak owing to the small number of inspectors, and the vast sprawl so the aero commission only responds to a request. Therefore, it is necessary to either increase the number of inspectors or to transfer a part of it to the Aeronautical Union of Serbia’s jurisdiction.
Ovuka stated that another problem deals with the sport airports huge registration fees that represent a burden for those clubs which only have a few aircraft left. Those assets are significant for them, whereas they do not represent a significant income for the state. He added he was pleased to see that all the institutions responded to the invitation and that he was looking forward to having even better co-operation with the Ministry, Directorate and the Flight Control.
Representatives of the clubs mentioned some of the problems they have been facing and got answers from the experts from CAD and SMATSA who gave lectures on the subject of airspace classification, the flight crew rulebook enforcement, launching new meteorological site for flights at low altitudes and lower airspace reorganization.
The round table conclusion was that the problems clubs are facing should be formulated within AUS and that those problems should be solved in co-operation with relevant institutions as soon as possible.