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Are You Ready for the Implementation of EASA Air Operations - 25 August 2016?

From 25 August 2016 EASA Air Operations Regulations come fully into effect. The Regulations (EU No 965/2012) already apply to Commercial Operations and from 25 August 2016 will be extended to cover Non Commercial Operations. Commission Regulation EU 800/2013 amending EU No 965/2012 and laying down the technical and administrative requirements can be found here.

The implementing rules are referred to as Part-NCO and will apply to non-commercial operations using non-complex aircraft. The CAA have set up a website intended to provide useful information about these implementing rules. The website can be found at www.caa.co.uk/nco

EASA Links to Part-NCO reference documents can be found here.

A major difference is the requirement for the carriage of ELT or PLB at all times on certified and EASA Permit aircraft. Other Permit Aircraft Operators should clarify requirements with their Regulator :

NCO.IDE.A.170   Emergency   locator   transmitter   (ELT)
(a)   Aeroplanes   shall   be   equipped   with:
(1)   an  ELT  of  any  type,  when  first  issued  with  an  individual  CofA  on  or  before  1  July  2008;
(2)   an  automatic  ELT,  when  first  issued  with  an  individual  CofA  after  1  July  2008;  or
(3)  a  survival  ELT  (ELT(S))  or  a  personal  locator  beacon  (PLB),  carried  by  a  crew  member  or  a  passenger,  when 
certified  for  a  maximum  passenger  seating  configuration  of  six  or  less.
(b)   ELTs  of  any  type  and  PLBs  shall  be  capable  of  transmitting  simultaneously  on  121,5  MHz  and  406  MHz.

For Helicopters:

NCO.IDE.H.170   Emergency   locator   transmitter   (ELT)
(a)   Helicopters   certified for a  maximum  passenger seating  configuration above six  shall be equipped with:
(1)   an   automatic   ELT; and
(2)   one   survival   ELT   (ELT(S))   in   a   life-raft   or   life-jacket   when   the   helicopter is operated   at   a   distance   from   land  
corresponding  to  more  than  3  minutes  flying  time  at  normal  cruising  speed.
(b)  Helicopters  certified  for  a  maximum  passenger  seating  configuration  of  six  or  less  shall  be  equipped  with  an  ELT(S)  or 
a  personal  locator  beacon  (PLB),  carried  by  a  crew  member  or  a  passenger.
(c)   ELTs  of  any  type  and  PLBs  shall  be  capable  of  transmitting  simultaneously  on  121,5  MHz  and  406  M

If flying internationally you should check the relevant AIP for any derogations for international flights.

There may be changes to the documents that you need to carry on your aircraft.:

For Non-Complex Non-Commerical Operations:

NCO.GEN.135   Documents, manuals and information to be carried:

(a)The  following  documents, manuals and information  shall  be  carried  on  each  flight as originals or copies unless otherwise specified:

(1) the AFM, or equivalent document(s); Annex VII ‘Part-NCO’
(2) the original certificate of registration;
(3) the original certificate airworthiness (CofA);
(4) the noise certificate, if applicable;
(5) the list of specific approvals, if applicable;
(6) the aircraft radio licence, if applicable;
(7) the third party liability insurance certificate(s);
(8) the journey log, or equivalent, for the aircraft;
(9) details of the filed ATS flight plan, if applicable; 
(10) current and suitable aeronautical charts for the route of the proposed flight and all routes along which it is reasonable to expect that the flight may be diverted;
(11) procedures and visual signals information for use by intercepting and intercepted aircraft; 
(12) the MEL or CDL, if applicable; and 
(13)  any other documentation that may be pertinent to the flight or is required by the States concerned with the flight.

(b) Notwithstanding (a), on flights:

(1) intending to take off and land at the same aerodrome/operating site; or
(2) remaining within a distance or area determined by the competent authority, the documents and information in (a)(2) to (a)(8) may be retained  at the aerodrome or operating site.

(c) Notwithstanding  (a),  on  flights  with  balloons  or  sailplanes,  excluding  touring motor gliders (TMGs), the documents and information in (a)(2) to (a)(8) and (a)(11) to (a)(13) may be carried in the retrieve vehicle. 
(d) The pilot-in-command shall make available within a reasonable time of being requested to do so by the competent authority, the documentation required to
be carried on board.

For Non-Commmercial Complex Operations:

NCC.GEN.140   Documents,   manuals   and   information   to   be   carried

(a)   The   following   documents,   manuals   and   information   shall   be   carried   on   each   flight   as   originals   or   copies   unless  
otherwise  specified:

(1)   the   AFM,   or   equivalent   document(s);
(2)   the   original   certificate   of   registration;
(3)   the   original   certificate   of   airworthiness   (CofA);
(4)   the   noise   certificate;
(5)   the  declaration  as  specified  in  Annex  III  (Part-ORO),  ORO.DEC.100,  to  Regulation  (EU)  No  965/2012; (also see Acceptable Means of Compliance)
(6)   the   list   of   specific   approvals,   if   applicable;
(7)   the   aircraft   radio   licence,   if   applicable;
(8)   the   third   party   liability   insurance   certificate(s);
(9)   the  journey  log,  or  equivalent,  for  the  aircraft;
(10)   details   of   the   filed   ATS   flight   plan,   if   applicable;
(11)   current  and  suitable  aeronautical  charts  for  the  route  of  the  proposed  flight  and  all  routes  along  which  it  is reasonable  to  expect  that  the  flight  may  be  diverted;
(12)   procedures  and  visual  signals  information  for  use  by  intercepting  and  intercepted  aircraft;
(13)   information  concerning  search  and  rescue  services  for  the  area  of  the  intended  flight;
(14)   the  current  parts  of  the  operations  manual  that  are  relevant  to  the  duties  of  the  crew  members,  which  shall  be easily  accessible  to  the  crew  members;
(15)   the   MEL   or   CDL;
(16)   appropriate   notices   to   airmen   (NOTAMs)   and   aeronautical   information   service   (AIS)   briefing   documentation;
(17)   appropriate   meteorological   information;
(18)   cargo   and/or   passenger   manifests,   if   applicable;   and
(19)   any  other  documentation  that  may  be  pertinent  to  the  flight  or  is  required  by  the  States  concerned  with  the flight.

(b)   In  case  of  loss  or  theft  of  documents  specified  in  (a)(2)  to  (a)(8),  the  operation  may  continue  until  the  flight  reaches  its destination  or  a  place  where  replacement  documents  can  be  provided.

Included in the EASA documents is this one, which provides guidance on the acceptable means of compliance.

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