EASA - Air Operations

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.

You may also be interested in information about the European regulations regarding Flight Time Limitations.

Aeroplane and Helicopter AOC Operators

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:

  • Inspectors working with operators conducting a full review and amendment of their Operations Manuals to ensure compliance with all the applicable requirements.
  • The introduction of the requirement for a Safety Management element of the Management System. A successful Phase 2 assessment is essential for transition.
  • Operators have been encouraged to submit their timescales for completion of this work to their respective Flight Operations Inspector and routine oversight now includes focusing on the transition process to the new rules.
  • Current CAA exemptions and derogations issued against EU-OPS, JAR-OPS 3 or the Air Navigation Order, with either no expiry date or with an expiry date beyond 27 October 2014, will be revoked on 27 October 2014.

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.

NPA Form for Operations Manual changes relating to the transition to EASA regulations.



Operations Manual ChecklistSee Symposium links below

Dangerous Goods Information


Symposium on EASA Operations Manuals - Helicopters - March 2013

On 25 March 2013, the CAA held a Symposium on Operations Manuals for Helicopter Operators.


Supporting Documentation:


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:

AOCs for Annex II Aircraft

Mass Values for Jetstream 41 Aircraft

Altimeter Counter Drum-pointer Display - See ORS4 No. 788 for related approval

Ski Equipment Standard Mass Values - See ORS4 No. 993 for related approval

  Archived Information

  2012 Symposia

  Early Consultations

  EC and EASA Joint Approach for rulemaking

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