Opinion 08/2013

Additional Airworthiness requirements for Operations

Opinion of the European Aviation Safety Agency for a Regulation on additional airworthiness requirements for operations as well as amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 of 5 October 2012 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

In the Joint Aviation Authorities system, JAR-26 was introduced to make certain important newly introduced airworthiness requirements applicable to aircraft in service. Up till now, these requirements were enforced through national law, which will become obsolete through the full implementation of the new EU Operations rules by 28 October 2014. Therefore, JAR-26 needs to be transposed into the EU regulatory framework.

This Opinion proposes a new Commission Regulation with an Annex called ‘Part-26’, containing the highlevel safety objective, applicability, and compliance period for each of the proposed measures. This Regulation will be complemented by an Agency Decision containing the Certification Specifications providing the standard means to comply with the high-level requirements of Part-26.

The proposals in this Opinion are based on JAR-26 Amendment 3, adapted, when necessary, for consistency with other current applicable requirements, and to address some identified implementation issues.

The proposed regulation is expected to maintain the safety level as established through JAR-26.