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Business aircraft operators briefed on new regulation.

Operators of business jets and helicopters are being targeted in a new drive to raise awareness of changes to the way the sector is regulated. With just under a year until new Europe-wide regulations come into force, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is engaging with owners and operators of ‘non-commercial complex aircraft’ (NCC) to ensure they understand the implications.

Under the new rules, business aircraft operators will need to have an applicable operations manual and management system in place. Operators will also have to submit details of their aircraft type(s) and operational and maintenance arrangements.

The change is part of the wider process that has seen aviation rule making in the EU pass to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The regulation of commercial flight operations, airworthiness, aerodromes and pilot licensing already fall under the auspices of EASA. The CAA is now advising all affected operators that ‘Part-NCC’ will become applicable from 25 August 2016.

A dedicated webpage www.caa.co.uk/ncc has been set up to provide information and assistance for individuals and organisations. In addition, leaflets and posters have been distributed to aerodromes popular with business aircraft operators. The CAA has also contacted directly those operators who have an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) to discuss the change. Events and a workshop are also planned over the next year.

Aircraft affected by the new rules are complex motor-powered aeroplanes with a take-off weight of 5700kg, or with a seating configuration of more than 19. Aeroplanes and helicopters certified for operation with a minimum of two flight crew are also affected, as are helicopters with a take-off weight of 3175kg, or with a seating configuration of more than nine.

The CAA said it is also working closely with industry bodies such as the British Business and General Aviation Association to ensure their members receive any necessary support and advice.

Further updates on the processes will be made over the coming months.

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