Information regarding the legislative and guidance material associated with AOCs and a list of UK AOC holders
Any individual, organisation or Company that wishes to operate an aircraft for the purpose of Commercial Air transport must, by law, obtain an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority.
The Air Operator Certificate allows you to charge to fly passengers and / or cargo on your aircraft, whether this is a jet airliner operating on a trans-continental scheduled service, a helicopter flying passengers to oil platforms in the North Sea, or a hot air balloon offering pleasure flights.
An AOC will be granted only to operators that demonstrate conformity to all set requirements.
Note: Aeroplane and helicopter AOC holders can change the website address or e-mail address given as the contact in the above lists by contacting FOD.Admin@caa.co.uk.
The CAA has produced a leaflet to raise awareness of how passengers can ensure that their flight is legal, and of the risks associated with an uncertificated operation.