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Communication from the Commission: An Agenda for Sustainable Future in General and Business Aviation, COM(2007) 869 final

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Until recently, addressing the specificities of General and Business aviation at the Community level was not necessary. However, with the extension of the Community competences in the area of safety and security, upgrade of the Single European Sky and deployment of the new Air Traffic Management system for Europe, the expected "capacity crunch" and concerns about environmental impacts of aviation, EU activities have an increasing relevance also for this sector.
General and Business aviation is very diverse. It encompasses activities ranging from recreational flying with non-powered aircraft to complex operation of high performance business jets and specialised aerial works. This creates challenges, as policy initiatives can not be based on the "one size fits all" approach.
A significant part of General and Business aviation are Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) or not-for-profit organisations also relying on volunteers. Very often, these individuals or small firms have limited resources to keep up with changes in regulatory or technical requirements.
On the industrial side, European General and Business aviation manufacturing industry is breaking out to the world markets in an unprecedented way. That momentum needs to be sustained by proper regulation and stimulation of innovation and research.
Despite technological developments, General and Business aviation is affecting the environment in terms of noise and gaseous emissions, and like the wider airline industry or any other transport means, needs to contribute to reducing these impacts.
At the initiative of the stakeholders and following broad consultations, the Commission has drawn an Agenda for sustainable future in General and Business aviation.

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