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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Transport Competence Agency (TKA) are reminding the general aviation community of the rules and guidelines for flying hazardous materials.

What are hazardous materials?

Although the term hazardous materials has long and complex definitions in official ICAO documents and European Union regulations, they can generally be described as items that have the potential to explode, catch fire or otherwise cause severe conditions on board an aircraft.

Lithium batteries are classified as hazardous materials . Although original batteries purchased from reliable vendors and marked with a CE or other quality mark should not cause problems, EASA recommends that all electronic devices using lithium batteries be kept within reach on board the aircraft.

It is forbidden to use external batteries ( power bank ) or charge electronic cigarettes during the flight. You should also avoid dropping, crushing or any other mechanical damage to devices with lithium batteries. When using electronic devices, avoid overheating them.

Another category of hazardous materials is explosives, flammable liquids and other items that can cause injury . If an item can be considered dangerous when it is on the ground, the item may pose an even greater hazard in flight. Hazardous items include explosives (flare flares, ammunition, fireworks, etc.), flammable substances (fuel, paint, glue, lighters) and corrosive substances (acids, cleaning agents). Such items should not be taken into the aircraft cabin.

What should I do if there is an incident involving hazardous materials?

When flying hazardous materials, consider in advance what you would do in the event of an incident (fire, explosion, etc.) and:

  • Inform passengers what items they cannot take on board.
  • Tell them what to do in the event of an incident involving hazardous materials. Passengers should remain calm, not panic and report the incident to you immediately.
  • Be prepared and know what you would do in the event of an incident. Before the flight, check the fire extinguishers on the aircraft.
  • In case of fire, take the necessary action immediately.

What to do if there is a need to fly hazardous materials?

If there is a need to fly hazardous materials during general aviation flights, we invite you to consult with TKA specialists. Specific questions will be answered by the specialists of the Flight Maintenance Department, to whom you can write by e-mail. by mail [email protected] .

EASA information on general aviation hazardous materials can be found here .