ED Decision 2023/004/R

‘Provision of rescue and firefighting services for General Aviation flights’

AMC and GM to Part-NCC — Issue 1, Amendment 18 
AMC and GM to Part-NCO — Issue 2, Amendment 15 
AMC and GM to Part-SPO — Issue 1, Amendment 18 

The objective of these Decisions is to improve the proportionality of the provisions on rescue and firefighting services (RFFS) for General Aviation (GA) flights by incorporating the related amendments to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 6, Part II, and Annex 14, Volume I into the EU regulatory system.

These Decisions amend the acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) to Regulations (EU) Nos 139/2014 (‘Aerodromes Regulation’) and 965/2012 (‘Air OPS Regulation’).They provide guidance to aerodrome operators on how to apply the requirements for the provision of RFFS for GA flights and introduce an acceptable means to disseminate related information to flight crews and GA operators. Furthermore, the Decisions increase the availability of aerodromes for NCC, NCO, and SPO operators by using a risk-based approach when deciding whether an aerodrome is acceptable in terms of adequacy of its RFFS. The Decisions also correct some editorial errors that were introduced by ED Decision 2022/013/R.

The amendments are expected to maintain safety and, at the same time, increase cost-efficiency for aerodrome operators by reducing the costs for establishing and/or maintaining RFFS for GA flights. Moreover, it is expected that GA pilots will have access to more aerodromes, which in turn will lead to flight efficiency and reduce the related flight costs.