FAQ n.20077

Are there differences between the European Air Ops rules for NCC and ICAO SARPs?


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.
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