Revision 21 from September 2023 of the Easy Access Rules for Air Operations (EAR for Air OPS) incorporates the new and amended Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC & GM) to Part-ARO, Part-ORO, Part-CAT, Part-SPA, Part-NCC, Part-NCO, Part-SPO (ED Decision 2023/007/R, the ‘HEMS Decision’). The AMC & GM are expected to facilitate the implementation of the new requirements introduced into Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 (the ‘Air OPS Regulation’) by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/1020 (the ‘HEMS Regulation’). The AMC & GM have various applicability dates (for details, see ED Decision 2023/007/R):
- 29 June 2023;
- 25 May 2024;
- 25 May 2026; and
- 25 May 2028.
The new helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) regulatory material will modernise the EU aviation regulatory framework applicable to HEMS, increase safety as well as foster efficiency and proportionality, while keeping the economic impact on HEMS operators at a minimum.
The EAR for Air OPS cover all Annexes to the Air OPS Regulation (Definitions, Part-ARO, Part-ORO, Part-CAT, Part-SPA, Part-NCC, Part-NCO, Part-SPO), as well as the related Certification Specifications (CSs), AMC, and GM. They contain the applicable rules for Air OPS displayed in a consolidated, easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks.
The EAR for Air OPS are available for free download on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s website as pdf, online dynamic publications with filters and search functions for simple navigation with computers, tablets, and mobiles, as well as in xml format with machine-readable content. As they are generated through the eRules platform, they will be updated regularly to incorporate further changes and evolutions to their content.
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