Non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aircraft (NCC)

Regulation (EU) 800/2013 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 on Air Operations was adopted by the European Commission on 14/08/2013 and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 24/08/2013. It adds up to the Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 with Annex VI (Part-NCC) and Annex VII (Part-NCO). 

Annex VI covers non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aircraft (aeroplanes and helicopters). The amendment also includes the consequent changes to the previously published Annexes I (Definitions), II (Part-ARO), III (Part-ORO) and V (Part-SPA). 

Regulation (EU) No 800/2013 entered into force and became applicable on 25/08/2013. The opt-out period ended on 24 August 2016.

The NCC rules apply to you if you are

An aircraft operator having your principal place of business, or if you are established, or if you reside 
in a Member State 
you operate complex motor-powered aircraft registered in a Member State
you operate complex motor-powered aircraft registered in a third country

Operators having their principal place of business in a third country and performing NCC operations with aircraft registered in a Member State may have to comply with the rules of the EU Member State (State of Registry) related to the aircraft if the State of Registry has not delegated its responsibilities to the State of the Operator.

Derogations for non-commercial operations with twin turboprop aeroplanes

Operators of twin-turboprop aeroplanes with an MCTOM of 5 700 kg or less performing non-commercial operations must comply with the provisions of Part-NCO. Annex III (Part-ORO, Organisation Requirements) of Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 is not applicable to them.  This alleviation was published in Reg. (EU) 2016/1199.

Parts of the Air OPS regulation (EU) No 965/2012 applicable to NCC operators:

  • ‘Cover’ Regulation Air operations
  • Annex I: Definitions for terms used in Annexes II to VIII
  • Annex II: Part-ARO: Authority requirements
  • Annex III: Part-ORO: Organisation requirements
  • Annex V: Part-SPA: Operations requiring specific approvals
  • Annex VI: Part-NCC: Non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aircraft (CMPA)

See also the rule applicability table.

Operations Manual template for non-complex NCC operators

This template was developed at the initiative of a group of stakeholders involved in non-commercial operations, to help aircraft operators to comply with the requirements of Reg. (EU) No 965/2012, AMC2 ORO.MLR.100 ‘Operations  general’.

Operations Manual template

The leaflet below summarises the objective and reference framework and provides instructions for use.

Operations Manual template - Leaflet

Target audience

The OM template for non-complex NCC operators is intended for the NCC operators having up to 20 full-time equivalents (FTE) and which are considered to have a non-complex structure and type of operation.

The OM template is in an editable version (MS Word) and can be downloaded free of charge.


The OM template for non-complex NCC operators does not address the following activities:

  • Helicopter operations with CMPA;
  • SPO with high-risk activities;
  • Operation with cabin crew having safety tasks on board;
  • Leasing operations.
Legal status of the OM Template

The template was developed with the purpose of helping operators to write their own operations manual.
It should not be taken ‘as is’, but should be further customised by the operator, in order to reflect its size, type and complexity of operation.

The OM template is not mandatory. It is not EASA Guidance Material or an industry standard.

The template, once used by the operator, should be constantly updated with the requirements, applicable to NCC operators, which will be published after August 2016.

The use of the template does not guarantee an operator’s full compliance with the NCC rules. The other applicable requirements for NCC operators are still mandatory and must be complied with.