Regulation 785/2004

Insurance Regulation for Civil Aviation Aircrafts inside EU

  • The regulation concerns new, increased limits of insurance for third party liabilities.
  • It is in effect from 30 April 2005.
  • It will influence the above premiums that the owner of the aircraft pays.
  • It doesn't influence the limits and the premiums of Hull
  • It concerns all the aircraft that fly inside EU, not only what is registered in countries of EU. (Includes also the N-registration).
  • It concerns all aircraft operators, commercial and private.
  • The new limits constitute minimal limits. This means that certain countries of EU can require higher limits. Germany eg requires the minimal of 4.500.000€.
  • Effective are sublimits per passenger, SDR 100.000 (€122.000) or SDR 250.000 (€305.000), depending on each country.
  • The limits are calculated upon on aircraft MTOW:


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You can download the entire regulation HERE:

Emmanuel Paraskakis

Article of the AOPA UK Magazine for General Aviation about Athens Meeting

Dear friends,

The AOPA UK magazine for General Aviation will present in February an article about the Athens IAOPA meeting. There you can find some general comments about the conference, but also specific issues concerning the participant countries.

You can download the file here: IAOPAmeeting.pdf (134kb)

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AOPA USA article for president's Phil Boyer visit in Athens

Dear friends,

We gladly present you the article from the AOPA USA website, in which describes the reasons for the visit of president Phil Boyer in Athens:

At the invitation of AOPA-Hellas, IAOPA President Phil Boyer visited Athens from 24-27 November to work with high-level government officials in creating a better environment for general aviation in Greece. Boyer and AOPA-Hellas President Yiouli Kalafati met with the Ministers of Defence, Transportation, Communications and Tourism to discuss better facilities and provisions for general aviation, especially for the reopening of Athens' Hellinikon Airport, its only general aviation airport. The airport was closed to accommodate this year's summer Olympics and has not been reopened. Boyer was optimistic about the meetings, commenting, "The officials I met with were receptive to the idea of reopening Hellinikon for GA."

Boyer also participated in the AOPA-Hellas Aviation Day in which government dignitaries, civil aviation officials, and others promoted general aviation. "The number one problem is the lack of a general aviation airport in Athens, home to almost half of the Greek population," said Boyer. "And like so many examples in other countries, the problem was created by the closure of two perfectly good GA airports. But, the concerted efforts of local organizations can save our valuable airports."

Additionally, Boyer participated in the semi-annual IAOPA European Regional Meeting, held the day after the Aviation Day presentations in Athens. The meeting served to air issues of mutual importance and to provide a platform for developing new regional strategies. Boyer complimented participants on their efforts to improve conditions for general aviation and aerial work in Europe.

AOPA helps in fight for Athens (Greece) airport

America leads the world in aviation, which also means that we lead the world in aviation problems and ways to solve them. That's why AOPA President Phil Boyer found himself in Greece during the Thanksgiving holiday.

AOPA-Hellas (Greece) President Yiouli Kalafati invited Boyer, who also serves as president of the 60-country International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA), to lend some international clout and experience to efforts to reopen a general aviation airport in the Greek capital and expand general aviation access throughout the country. Thanks to that high-profile IAOPA presence, Greek general aviation pilots got audiences with some of the country's aviation "heavy hitters," including the minister of defense, the deputy minister of transportation and communications, the minister of tourism, and the head of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority.

"The number one problem is the lack of a general aviation airport in Athens, home to almost half of the Greek population," said Boyer. "And like so many examples here in the United States, the problem was created by the closure of two perfectly good GA airports."

That parallels the issues in Austin, Texas, where the old commercial service airport (Robert Mueller Memorial Airport) and a general aviation facility (Executive Airport) were closed without adequate replacements for GA.

In Greece, officials closed the general aviation airport at Marathon (26 miles from Athens) to create a linear water park for Olympic rowing events. They closed Athens' Hellinikon Airport (LGAT) and replac

Phil Boyer in Athens

President's Position

My Thanksgiving

BY PHIL BOYER (From AOPA Pilot, January 2005.)

Phil Boyer is the president of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations.

Thanksgiving Day in America is meant to be a time to offer thanks with family and friends, and symbolizes the start of a holiday season for many of us. This year was a very untraditional Thanksgiving for me as I used the holiday week to work in Europe in my capacity as the president of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA). This unusual Thanksgiving my family became the 60 countries worldwide that make up IAOPA, and my friends came from the leadership of the 33 countries in Europe whose AOPAs make up the IAOPA European Region. The location for this year's holiday was in Athens, Greece. I was responding to a request made almost two years ago by the new and very energetic president of AOPA-Greece, Ms. Yiouli Kalafati, to assist her in bringing a newly elected government's attention to the plight of general aviation in the ancient country.

Yiouli was ready for me the moment I stepped off an overnight flight from the States on Olympic Airways. She had a full schedule of meetings with prominent government figures, taking advantage of my international title to reach the higher-level decision makers. The number-one concern she wanted me to address was like rehearing the plight of general aviation pilots in Austin, Texas, or the situation with Meigs Field. Athens, a city of 4.5 million people, had been left without a close-in GA airport. A new international airport was opened in 2002 for the Olympics, and the old air-carrier airport Hellinikon closed, the long runway divided in half by a rapid transit line and half the airport property used for sports venues. Even with the runway cut in half, 5,300 feet remain usable. To make matters worse, the small GA airport of Marathon was closed and turned into a lake for the Olympic rowing competition. But a perfect solution was available by reopening the untouched half of the old airline airport for general aviation. The project needed momentum, and that's what we gave it. Meetings with the ministers of defense and tourism educated them about the benefits of GA. Our arguments were even better understood by the deputy minister of transportation and the governor of the Civil Aviation Administration. Many military airports are available in Greece, but GA must give four days advance notice with exact departure and arrival times, plus the names of all passengers. The flexibility this removes from small-airplane flying is enormous. The minister of defense liked an idea I proposed that AOPA members might be involved in a sort of "trusted pilot" program to allow short-notice use of his airfields. In addition, many of the popular destination airports in Greece are open only when served by the airlines, often for an hour in the morning and an hour later in the day. GA can only use these fields during that hour, rendering them useless 22 hours of every day. We received pledges to work with AOPA-Greece in solving these problems, and pushed for a timeline to reopen Hellinikon.

Yiouli's effort culminated in the first-ever "Single European Sky — GA's Prospects in Greece" conference on Friday where many guests, including yours truly, spoke before an audience of more than 100 GA registrants. At one point I countered a participant who was claiming he couldn't get anything accomplished because AOPA-Greece was only 100 members strong. I cited numerous airport wins in the United States where local groups of similar size worked with AOPA to accomplish more than they have to do in Athens.

On Saturday a majority of the European AOPA leaders met, as they do every six months. The issues are very similar to ours in th