FAQ n.19110

What is the 'Cover Regulation'?

Answer

Reference: Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011, Regulation (EU) No 290/2012, Regulation (EU) No 965/2012, Regulation (EU) No 800/2013

The 'Cover Regulation' designates:

  • The first 12 articles of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 of 3 November 2011 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to civil aviation aircrew pursuant to Regulation 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 311, 25.11.2011, p. 1) as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 290/2012 of 30 March 2012 (OJ L 100, 5.4.2012, p. 1) - the full regulation is available here;
  • The first 10 articles of Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 of 5 October 2012 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations pursuant to Regulation 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 296, 25.10.2012, p. 1) as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 800/2013 (OJ L 227, 24.08.2013, p.1).

The Cover Regulation:

  • explains the principles and considerations of the legislator when adopting the regulation (the 'whereas' clauses);
  • describes the regulation's objective and scope;
  • defines the terms used in the Cover Regulation;
  • indicates to whom/what the regulation and its annexes apply;
  • provides one or more dates from when the rules become applicable (opt-out provisions), including any grandfathering and transition measures for the adaptation to the new rules.

Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 as amended by Regulation (EU) No 290/2012 has been termed by the Commission as the 'Aircrew Regulation'.

The Aircrew Regulation is thus composed of the Cover Regulation (12 Articles) and seven annexes, which contain the implementing rules on pilot licensing (Annex I - Part FCL), conversion of existing national licences (Annex II), conditions for the acceptance of licences issued by or on behalf of third countries (Annex III), medical certification and attestation (Annex IV - Part MED), qualification of cabin crew (Annex V - Part CC), authority requirements for aircrew (Annex VI - Part ARA) and organisation requirements for aircrew (Annex VII - Part ORA).

Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 has been termed the 'Air OPS Regulation'.

The Air OPS Regulation is thus composed of the Cover Regulation (10 Articles) and seven annexes, Annex I Definitions for terms used in Annexes II to VII, Annex II Authority requirements for air operations (Part ARO), Annex III Organisation requirements for air operations (Part ORO), Annex IV Commercial air transport operations (Part CAT), Annex V Specific approvals (Part SPA), Annex VI Non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aircraft (Part NCC), Annex VII Non-commercial operations with other-than-complex motor-powered aircraft (Part NCO), which contain the implementing rules on air operations for commercial and non-commercial operations with aeroplanes, helicopters, sailplanes and balloons. Annex VIII Specialised Operations (Part SPO), to be published this year, will complete the Air Operations package. If you'd like to see the structure of the Air OPS regulation, click here.

Last updated: 
27/08/2013

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