The EU Commission Opinion on FTL is now with the European Parliament. Provisions for CAT operations are being developed first. Section One applies to all CAT operations, while Section Two applies to two pilot fixed wing scheduled and charter CAT operations only. The earliest expected date that the first tranche of the new FTL regulations (Sections One and Two) will come into force is November 2013 and they will become applicable two years later.
Provisions for other CAT operations (Helicopter, Single Pilot, Air Taxi, Emergency Medical Services, Night Freight and Ultra Long Range) are subject to additional rulemaking tasks, and operators of such flights will therefore need to apply Section One provisions, supplemented by existing national provisions, until the rulemaking tasks have been completed. Provisions for non-CAT operations will be developed later. (last updated September 2013)