We want to be able to fly privately and safely, on “non complex aeroplanes (*) », as much as possible, as economically as possible, with reasonable and scientifically supported safety and environment requirements. So, any certificated aeroplane « under » those certification specifications and at right the microlight definition, is a « Non complex aeroplane ».
The EPFU was founded on the 24 th February 2007 in Luxembourg and formally launched at an inaugural General Meeting in Paris on the 5 th May 2007 . EPFU currently unites National Federations and powered flying sections of 10 European countries : Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The purpose of the EPFU is to support the interests of its Members at the European level, in respect of all relevant regulatory matters. Members are usually the principal national bodies representing sports and recreational powered flying organisations. The EPFU already represents more than 75 000 private pilots in Europe.
EPFU main objective is to deal with regulatory matters and it leaves sports administration to the appropriate FAI Sport Commission. EPFU will remain independent of FAI, while cooperating closely.
EPFU will act independently, but seeks to have good relations and co-operative works with relevant national and international organisations.
EPFU intends to be an active member of Europe Air Sports (EAS), which represents the full range of air sports at European level as far as regulations are concerned.
EPFU want to be recognised at all European level (European Commission, EASA, and Eurocontrol) as the organisation representing the Powered Flying fraternity in Europe,
Although the official language is English, the EPFU is a French association with its head office in 155 Avenue de Wagram, 75017 Paris, where the French FFA provides a certain level of logistic assistance.
For more information about EPFU, our website www.epfu.eu is now available.
(*) « According to article 3(j) of EASA Basic Regulation, a complex motor-powered aircraft shall mean an aeroplane :
The EPFU 2009 Executive Board : From left to right, Max de Richemond (FR) General Secretary, Manfred Kunschitz (A) Treasurer, Wolfgang Drexel (D) President, and Jean Birgen (LUX) Vice-President.
Cologne, Butzweilerhof Museum, 29 March 2008, during the EPFU 2008 General Assembly, from left to right :