Commercial Air Transport operations (CAT)

Air OPS regulation (EU) 965/2012 and its amendments related to CAT operations:

  • Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 on air operations was adopted by the European Commission on 05/10/2012 and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 25/10/2012. The initial issue covered only commercial air transport operations with aeroplanes and helicopters. It entered into force and became applicable on 28/10/2012.
  • Regulation (EU) No 83/2014 on air operations was adopted by the European Commission on 29/01/2014 and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 31/01/2014. It covers flight and duty time limitations and rest requirements for CAT operations with aeroplanes.
    The Regulation entered into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Regulation foresees transition measures in the form of an application date two years after its entry into force.
    The Regulation does not apply to:
    • air taxi, emergency medical service and single pilot CAT operations by aeroplane, which continue to be subject to Article 8(4) of Regulation (EEC) No 39/22/91 and Subpart Q of Annex III to Regulation (EEC) No 39/22/91 and to related national exemptions based on safety risk assessments carried out by the competent authority; and
    • CAT operations with helicopters, which shall comply with national requirements.

The ICAO FRM webpage contains the ICAO FM SARPS, relevant events, publications, useful links and documents related to the fatigue risk management.

In accordance with Article 22.2 of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008, once the assessment is finalised, information on an IFTSS is published on the Flexibility Provisions page.

The associated EASA Decisions containing the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) are published on the EASA Regulations page.


I hold an AOC – do I have to do anything now?

Under the new rules, EASA Member States continue to issue certificates and associated approvals, conditions and limitations.