The new Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016 comes into force today.

“Following a significant level of consultation and review the Air Navigation Order 2016 puts in place the legal basis to help simplify the GA regulatory framework. It formalises many of the changes we have already made since we took up the government's Red Tape Challenge and will help make the rules easier to understand.”

Tony Rapson - Head of General Aviation Unit, Civil Aviation Authority

The ANO forms the legal basis for almost all areas of civil aviation that are regulated at national level. In line with better regulation principles the CAA undertook a joint review of the ANO 2009 with the Department for Transport - leading to the most ambitious reorganisation of the Order since 1989.

The 2016 ANO provides the foundation for a simpler and more proportionate approach to the regulation of many GA activities that fall under national (and not European) regulation. The structure has been substantially changed to help pilots (and others involved in the operation of non-EASA aircraft) find the information that they need more easily.

Scope, applicability and key definitions are now set out at the front. Derogations, or exceptions as they are known in UK law, that apply to a number of GA activities have also been moved close to the front. Some terms have also been changed to match those used by EASA and help make rules clearer to understand, while sections of the Order have been organised to follow regulatory functions, like airworthiness, operations and licensing.

The Air Navigation Order 2016 is available to view online: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/765/contents/made

More information about the contents and restructure of the ANO 2016 is available on this webpage: The revised Air Navigation Order.