EASA as it affects the regulation of air operations (along with outstanding EU-OPS issues)
This page provides information on EASA developments as it affects the regulation of the operation of UK-registered aircraft - whether commercial or non-commercial. In addition, to keep up to date with the latest developments, SRG produces Information Bulletins. For other information on EASA visit the EASA website.
On 25 March 2013, the CAA held a Symposia on Operations Manuals for Helicopter Operators.
During April 2012 the CAA held a series of symposia dealing with the entry into force of the EASA Implementing Rules for Air Operations in so far as they apply to CAT operations.
The aim of each symposium was to explain the transitional arrangements being developed by the CAA in order to assist a smooth change-over to compliance with the EASA rules. Items included an overview of the Air Operations rules, their legal basis and their subsequent effect on operators. The symposia dealt with planned administrative measures, operations manual amendments and timings for the transition. There was particular focus on the differences between current requirements and those contained in the Implementing Rules.
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In January 2009, EASA issued NPA 2009-02 'Implementing Rules for Air Operations of Community Operators' as part of EASA's intention to extend their influence over operations and aircrew licensing. In addition, NPA 2008-22 establishing the implementing rules for the competent authorities - including general requirements, approved training organisations, aeromedical centres, licensing and medical certification of flight crew as it affected air operations - was published in October 2008.
In September 2009, the European Commission and EASA produced a joint "approach for rulemaking in the context of Community competences" to provide a way forward in processing the second extension and prioritisation of the tasks. The Management Board approved the joint approach. Links to the EASA press release containing précis of the Management Board conclusion and the Commision/EASA working paper are available below:
The CAA, on behalf of the UK, has informed the Commission of our intention to derogate from certain provisions of EU-OPS. This was done in accordance with Article 8(3) of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3922/1991. The Commission has now considered our intentions and below is a list of Commission decisions authorising the UK to derogate from EU-OPS: