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, SARG produces Information Bulletins. For other information on EASA visit the EASA website.
New European Regulations, developed by EASA, affecting commercial air transport operators became law in October 2012. The UK has taken a two-year derogation from applying the Implementing Rules, which will therefore apply to UK operators from 28 October 2014. All other EASA States have done the same. The new requirements are generally known as EASA Ops (see Terminology), and include Part-CAT Implementing Rules for AOC operations. They do not cover aerial work or non-commercial activities.
The CAA Flight Operations Inspectorate has reached the important milestone of 'one year to go' until full compliance with the new European Regulations, for aeroplane and helicopter operations, must be achieved by those operators who wish to conduct Commercial Air Transport after 28 October 2014.
All affected UK AOC Holders (Aeroplane and Helicopter) have been reminded of the need to comply with forthcoming European-wide rule changes. Operators who cannot comply with the new requirements and obtain an EASA AOC by 28 October 2014 will no longer be able to conduct Commercial Air Transport operations.
During the 12 months leading up to November 2013 the CAA Flight Operations Division has communicated with industry outlining the process and timescales to be followed to ensure that all operators achieve full transition to an EASA AOC.
Key steps involved in the transition process are:
Operators that may have difficulty in meeting any of the new rules are being encouraged to raise this now with their assigned Flight Operations Inspector.
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On 25 March 2013, the CAA held a Symposium on Operations Manuals for Helicopter Operators.
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: