A Complex Motor Powered Aircraft is defined as either “an aeroplane with a maximum certificated take-off mass exceeding 5700kg or certificated for a maximum passenger seating configuration of more than nineteen or certified for operation with a minimum crew of at least two pilots or equipped with a turbojet engine(s) or more than one turboprop engine” or “a helicopter certificated for a maximum take-off mass exceeding 3175kg or for a maximum passenger seating configuration of more than nine or for operation with a maximum crew of at least two pilots.”
Is an aircraft (aeroplane or helicopter) complex if it meets all or one or more of the relevant criteria?
An aircraft is ‘Complex’ if it meets just one of the relevant criteria; i.e. ‘or’ not ‘and’. The full definition may be found in Article 3 of the EU Basic Regulation (EC 216/2008). (last updated September 2013)
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