FAQ n.20077

Are there differences between the European Air Ops rules for NCC and ICAO SARPs?

Answer

There are some differences between European Air Ops rules for NCC and ICAO Annex 6 SARPs. However, none of these differences would result in a lower safety level than intended by ICAO.

The following list describes differences generated by the Basic Regulation (EU) 216/2008 and the European Regulation (EU) 965/2012 on air operations.

Differences generated by the Basic Regulation:

  • Aircraft category (difference in drawing the line between complex and non-complex aircraft): some aircraft are considered complex in the European rules, while at ICAO level, they are considered non-complex; European rules exceed ICAO standards.
  • Oversight: European rules assign oversight responsibilities to the State of the Operator and not to the State of Registry; European rules achieve the safety target with an alternative method.
  • Declaration: the operator requirement to declare itself to the competent authority supports authorities to discharge their responsibilities; European rules exceed ICAO standards.

Differences generated by Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 on air operations:

  • List of specific approvals: European rules exceed ICAO standards; ICAO may require this list by November 2018.
Last updated: 
20/11/2015

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