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EASA Air Operations Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 Annex VII, Part-NCO, applies to non-commercial flights in other-than
complex motor-powered EASA aircraft.
Please note: Air Operations and Pilot Licensing Regulations for Balloons and Sailplanes have been deferred
until 8 April 2018 for balloons and 8 April 2019 for sailplanes.
If you’re one of the operators affected, you should start planning your transition with this date in mind and ensure
that all the requirements, including those associated with equipment are in place by that date.
The CAA has prepared a quick guide
to the Part-NCO changes (pdf).
External to the CAA, Julian Scarfe of the PPL/IR Europe group has produced a useful online guide designed
as 'an informal introduction to the EASA operations regulations Part-NCO applicable to most light GA aircraft within
EASA scope from 26 August 2016.'
Operators of other-than complex motor-powered EASA aircraft flying non-commercial flights:
EASA aircraft means an aircraft which is required by the Basic EASA Regulation and any implementing rules adopted by the Commission in accordance with that Regulation to hold an EASA certificate of airworthiness, an EASA restricted certificate of airworthiness or an EASA permit to fly.
Operator means any legal or natural person, operating or proposing to operate one or more aircraft or one or more aerodromes.
The term complex motor-powered is defined in Article 3 (letter (j)) of the Basic Regulation:
Other than complex motor-powered aircraft means an aircraft that is not:
a helicopter certificated:
*A derogation has been agreed to allow non-commercial operations of twin turboprop aeroplanes, with a MCTOM of 5,700 kg or less, to be operated under Part-NCO rules.
You need to be familiar with the EASA Basic Regulation and the Air Operations Regulations, particularly Annex VII (Part-NCO). See Regulations and Useful links below for more information.
EASA has deferred Air Operations and Pilot Licensing regulations for balloons and sailplanes:
Under Part-NCO operators can use an alternative means of compliance (AltMoC) to comply with an implementing rule without informing or gaining approval from the competent authority.
NCO.GEN.101 allows an NCO operator to use AltMoCs without any further requirements or limitations. The rules in Part-NCO were written to preserve a proportional approach to the level of risk for this type of operation. We can verify an AltMoC used by an NCO operator during oversight activities.
Under Part-NCO an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) or personal locator beacon (PLB) needs to be carried on every aircraft for every flight.
Implementing rule NCO.IDE.A.170 sets out the requirement to have an ELT or a PLB fitted so it is clear that an ELT or a PLB must be carried on all flights.
The pilot of an N-registered aircraft (who is not in breach of any FAA regulations and is in compliance with the Air Ops regulations) can benefit from the cost-sharing derogation.
An NCO pilot that operates an N-registered aircraft in a Community Member State has to follow the Reg. (EU) 965/2012. This means that the cost-shared flights derogation - with its conditions mentioned in Art. 6.4a(a) - is applicable.
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