There are some differences between European Air Ops rules for NCC and ICAO Annex 6 SARPs. However, none of these differences would result in a lower safety level than intended by ICAO.
The following list describes differences generated by the Basic Regulation (EU) 216/2008 and the European Regulation (EU) 965/2012 on air operations.
Differences generated by the Basic Regulation:
- Aircraft category (difference in drawing the line between complex and non-complex aircraft): some aircraft are considered complex in the European rules, while at ICAO level, they are considered non-complex; European rules exceed ICAO standards.
- Oversight: European rules assign oversight responsibilities to the State of the Operator and not to the State of Registry; European rules achieve the safety target with an alternative method.
- Declaration: the operator requirement to declare itself to the competent authority supports authorities to discharge their responsibilities; European rules exceed ICAO standards.
Differences generated by Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 on air operations:
- List of specific approvals: European rules exceed ICAO standards; ICAO may require this list by November 2018.