In order to carry out certain activities, or to operate particular equipment, the Air Navigation Order (ANO) requires the operator to hold an appropriate approval or permission.
Where the law proscribes a particular activity, an exemption may be applied for and granted if the CAA is satisfied that an equivalent level of safety will be assured. Holders may apply for a variation to any current approval or permission.
Some approvals often necessitate additional continuing airworthiness management.
Further information is available on the following topics:
Helicopter AOC Holders wishing to apply for a Permission or Exemption are advised to follow the Helicopter Permission/Exemption Template to ensure that all of the required information is included. A Word version of the Helicopter Permission/Exemption Template is also available to make completion easier.
Operators wishing to add or remove an aircraft type to or from their AOC and/or change the operating regions of their aircraft or make any other changes to their AOC, must seek approval from the CAA.
Most changes constitute a formal variation and are subject to the CAA Scheme of Charges - Air Operator and Police Air Operator Certificates.
CAA Form SRG 1802, together with the appropriate fee, should be sent to the Flight Operations Inspectorate. Details of costs can be found in the CAA Scheme of Charges - Air Operator and Police Air Operator Certificates.
The completed application form and fee should reach the CAA at least 30 working days before the date of intended operation. The CAA has an obligation to inform the applicant of its decision within 30 working days of receipt of all documentation, including appropriate Operations Manual extracts, amended (where necessary) to the CAA's satisfaction.
An Exemption from the ANO can never be regarded as a means of circumventing the law for commercial expediency and will be granted only when the CAA is satisfied that an equivalent level of safety will be assured.
AOC holders wishing to display their aircraft must first obtain a Display Authorisation or Exemption. For further information, see Flying Displays and Special Events.
Checklists and related guidance for AOC holders are provided to assist in their compliance with operational requirements. Some of these checklists will be required when the AOC is varied (see form SRG 1802).