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is defined under EU regulations as an agreement between air carriers pursuant to which the aircraft is operated
under the AOC of the Lessor.
is defined as a wet-leased aircraft that includes a cockpit crew but not cabin attendants.
There may be a charge associated with wet/damp leasing applications depending on how much assessment is required.
See the details on Leasing
EU-OPS Subpart Q is not a complete scheme for FTL as it contains a number of areas that are still regulated by Member States and was not subject to scientific review. Therefore, in accordance with EU-OPS recitals and as required by Article 8(4) the CAA has notified the Commission that it will maintain CAP 371 as the basis for all UK AOC FTL schemes until such time as Community rules based on scientific knowledge and best practice are established. With regard to FTL scheme requirements for wet lease arrangements, they must be in compliance with the UK operator's approved FTL scheme.
UK Operators are reminded of the requirements in Article 11 of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2111/2005, which requires the air carriage contractor to inform the passengers of the identity of the operating air carrier or carriers. See Article 11 for further information.
Recent changes to European Regulations (EASA Air Operations Regulation) and the changing business models of UK operators, has led the CAA to develop a new UK policy and process to assist in the wet leasing-in of aircraft registered and operated from within the Community.
This new policy reflects the CAA's new strategic approach, including Performance Based Oversight (PBO), and provides UK AOC holders with greater flexibility when wet leasing-in aircraft from within the Community.
The new process caters for the four principal scenarios foreseen by UK AOC holders: long term WLI and short term WLI - either planned or unplanned. At the heart of process is recognition that the UK AOC holder remains accountable for the safety of its operations when using WLI services and that it must oversee WLI aircraft as part of its own Safety Management System (SMS) to assure the safety of these operations.
Information on the new Wet Leasing-in policy and process when using community operators
UK AOC holders must notify the CAA of the use of the general approval paragraph 3 using online form below. This notification must be sent at least 30 minutes before the wet lease of the specified aircraft.
Notify the CAA about a Wet Lease-in from an EASA member state
In order to wet lease-in from a third country operator, the UK Operator (Lessee) must first obtain prior approval as follows:
Additional considerations for wet leasing-in a third country operator include:
Please provide an application letter detailing the following information:
In addition, the following documentation should accompany the application letter:
Article 13(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1008/2008 does not require lease approval. However, In order to wet lease-out a 'G' registered aircraft to any operator (Community or Third Country), the following requirements apply:
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