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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

You are responsible for your own compliance with the European Regulation (EU) 139/2014.

You need to establish an internal auditing process (Compliance Monitoring) that mirrors our oversight process as described in ADR.OR.D.005 Management system, paragraph (b)(11) and the supporting AMCs – this will help you prepare.

Organisation structure

A number of elements are needed for effective compliance monitoring. They relate to how you set up your organisation structure to manage the process. They should include:

  1. the nomination of a person responsible for compliance monitoring;
  2. the compliance monitoring documentation required to support the process including a compliance monitoring programme reflecting the audit schedule, audit procedures, reporting procedures, follow-up and corrective action procedures and a recording system;
  3. the training required to ensure personnel are able to carry out their compliance monitoring duties;
  4. what the audit scheduling process should look like, timescales and coordination with the Competent Authority.
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Auditing cycle

From the moment you have transitioned to an EASA certificate you are responsible for your compliance.

6-9 months later

  • We will visit you for a transition audit (what you need to do to get ready is in CAP1240)

12 months later

  • We will conduct an annual review internally and build a risk picture.
  • We will visit you for an accountable manager meeting and tell your key areas of risk based on your last year's performance.
    • We will also plan any action with you for the next year.
    • We will tell you the areas we are going to cover in your annual audit.

In the next 6-9 months

  • you need to audit the subjects that we gave you as this will help you in your annual audit.
  • In your annual audit we will come to you and audit the subjects as mentioned above.

The whole process starts again and we conduct an annual review.

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Themed audits

You might have other themes on top of your audit in response to events throughout the year.

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Audit process

Six weeks prior to the planned audit, we will issue a questionnaire on the agreed subjects asking questions related to the aerodrome's compliance with the aerodrome regulation. Completion of the questionnaire is taken to be the aerodrome operator demonstrating compliance. We will then verify a selection of the questions by asking for evidence to support their answer.

During the audit we will also be asking relevant questions related to the safety performance of the aerodrome operator. The combination of both elements will ensure we meet our oversight obligations (to verify continuing compliance with the regulations and to assess performance).

This approach and change in responsibilities give both parties clear advantages. The aerodrome operator is better able to show how it is meeting its obligations and allows it to manage its compliance requirements. By so doing it allows us to develop oversight processes that focus more on the safety performance of the aerodrome operator and provides us with the ability to identify possible risks the aerodrome is exposed to. Therefore both parties benefit from the change.

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Question banks

To support your compliance monitoring process, we have included a list below of the compliance question banks that we will use during regular audits.

Before a scheduled CAA audit, we will notify you which question banks will need to be completed and returned to us as part of the audit preparation.

Each of the question banks is given a reference number (e.g. QB16 Operation of Vehicles).

Clicking the subject will open the question bank relevant to that subject.

You are asked to complete the notified question banks, save the completed question banks and forward them to asddocs@caa.co.uk.

About the Oversight Planning Cycle (OPC)

The list above is intended to inform the aerodrome operator of the order that subjects will be audited by us during the first 36 month Oversight Planning Cycle (OPC). The list may be subject to minor change in response to safety data.

Following the first OPC; all operators should have completed the internal oversight of the subjects and it is expected that they will continue to maintain their compliance. Therefore, from the beginning of the second OPC we may choose which subjects we wish to include at any subsequent audits.

Year 1

Subject QB
Management of changes 1
Safety culture - Use of alcohol, psychoactive substances and medicines 2
Management system - Compliance monitoring 3
Oversight of third parties - Contracted activities 4
Oversight of third parties - Co-ordination with other organisations 5
Manpower resources - personnel requirements 6
Safety culture - Prevention of fire 7
Demonstration of compliance - Record keeping 8
Training and proficiency check programmes 9
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Year 2

Subject QB
Aerodrome monitoring and inspection 10
Aerodrome maintenance 11
Low visibility operations 12
Wildlife management 13
Demonstration of compliance - obstacles and flight procedures 14
Safety culture - occurrence reporting 15
Operation of vehicles - operation and marking of vehicles 16
Rescue and firefighting services 17
Safety culture - safety directives 18
Safety culture - safety programmes / committees 19
Safety culture - safety reporting system 20
Surface movement guidance and control systems 21
Winter conditions and adverse weather 22
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Year 3

Subject QB
Aerodrome manual - apron management 23
Safety culture - aerodrome manual 24
Aerodrome safeguarding - safeguarding of aerodromes 25
Demonstration of compliance 26
Safety culture - findings and corrective actions 27
Fuel management - fuel quality 28
Management system 29
Emergency planning 30
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