FAQ n.19109

What are the essential requirements?


Reference: Regulation (EU) 2018/1139, Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 on Air Operations

Essential requirements are high-level safety objectives and obligations put on persons and organisations undertaking aviation activities under Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 (the Basic Regulation). Detailed rules are then adopted by the European Commission based on technical advice from EASA to further detail how to achieve these objectives and obligations. For example, the implementing rules for air operations (i.e. Reg. (EU) No 965/2012) have been developed in order to ensure uniform implementation of essential requirements related to air operations.

The Basic Regulation has annexes containing essential requirements for:

  • airworthiness (Annex II),
  • environmental compatibility related to products (Annex III)
  • aircrew (Annex IV),
  • air operations (Annex V),
  • qualified entities (Annex VI),
  • aerodromes (Annex VII),
  • ATM/ANS and air traffic controllers (Annex VIII), and
  • unmanned aircraft (Annex IX).

The Essential Requirements can be amended by the European Commission where necessary for reasons of technical, operational or scientific developments or evidence.

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