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Non-Commercial Air Operations with Other-Than Complex Motor-Powered Aircraft (NCO Operations)

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Introduction:

The Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 as amended is laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operation. Non-commercial operations with other-than complex motor-powered aircraft are included in this regulation.

The competent authority shall be the authority designated by the Member State where the aircraft is registered. For LX- registered aircraft, the competent authority is the Direction de l’Aviation Civile (DAC).

If the aircraft is registered in a third country, the competent authority shall be the authority designated by the Member State where the operator is established or residing. If a Luxembourgish operator is operating an other-than complex motor-powered aircraft registered in a third country (e.g. M- registered, N- registered…), the competent authority is the Direction de l’Aviation Civile (DAC).

Operators of other-than complex motor-powered aircraft shall operate the aircraft in accordance with the provisions specified in Annex VII (Part-NCO) and Annex V (Part-SPA) (if applicable) to Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012. From 25 August 2016, those requirements will be fully applicable in Luxembourg.

Additional information:

In case of questions related to NCO regulation, please consult our FAQ below and the EASA GA pages https://www.easa.europa.eu/easa-and-you/general-aviation/operations-general-aviation and https://www.easa.europa.eu/easa-and-you/general-aviation/ga-leaflets or send an e-mail to ops@av.etat.lu.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I find the applicable requirements?

The applicable requirements are available On the EASA website: https://easa.europa.eu/regulations

Which annexes of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 are applicable to NCO operations?

From the operator’s perspective, the following annexes are applicable to NCC operations:

- Annex I: Definition

- Annex V: Specific Approvals (only if a SPA operation is needed)

- Annex VII: Non-commercial operations with other-than complex motor-powered aircraft

What is the deadline to comply with Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 requirements for NCO operations?

According to Article 10 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012, Luxembourg will apply the provisions related to NCO operations starting from 25 August 2016.

What is the definition of operator?

According to Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008, an operator shall mean any legal or natural person, operating or proposing to operate one or more aircraft.

What is a complex motor-powered aircraft?

Complex motor-powered aircraft are defined in Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 and are either aeroplanes:

- with a maximum certificated take-off mass exceeding 5700 kg, or

- certificated for a maximum passenger seating configuration of more than 19, or

- certificated for operation with a minimum crew of at least 2 pilots, or

- equipped with (a) turbojet engine(s) or more than one turboprop engine

Or helicopters:

- certificated for a maximum take-off mass exceeding 3 175 kg, or

- certificated for a maximum passenger seating configuration of more than 9, or

- certificated for operation with a minimum crew of at least 2 pilots

Or a tilt rotor aircraft.

Who is the competent authority as per requirement NCO.GEN.100?

The competent authority shall be the authority designated by the Member State where the aircraft is registered. For LX- registered aircraft, the competent authority is the Direction de l’Aviation Civile (DAC).

If the aircraft is registered in a third country, the competent authority shall be the authority designated by the Member State where the operator is established or residing. If a Luxembourgish operator is operating an other-than complex motor-powered aircraft registered in a third country (e.g. M- registered, N- registered…), the competent authority is the Direction de l’Aviation Civile (DAC).

My aircraft is registered in a Third Country but operated within a Member State, do NCO requirements apply?

Yes, they do. Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 is also applicable to aircraft registered in a third country but operated by a Member State operator.

As NCO operator, are we subject to oversight from the competent authority?

Yes, you are. This is required by ARO.GEN.300: the competent authority shall verify continued compliance with the applicable requirements of non-commercial operators of other-than complex motor-powered aircraft. There will be no formal oversight programme but inspections may be carried out on a needed basis. You are always likely to be inspected.

As Pilot-in-command, what are my responsibilities with regards to NCO?

According NCO.GEN.110, the pilot-in-command shall comply with the laws, regulations and procedures of those States where operations are conducted. In addition, NCO.GEN.105 defines the pilot-in-command’s responsibilities and authority.

What is the content of NCO requirements?

Part-NCO is divided into 5 subparts:

- Subpart A: General Requirements (NCO.GEN)

- Subpart B: Operational Procedures (NCO.OP)

- Subpart C: Aircraft Performance and Operating Limitations (NCO.POL)

- Subpart D: Instruments, Data and Equipment (NCO.IDE)

  • Section 1: Aeroplanes (NCO.IDE.A)
  • Section 2: Helicopters (NCO.IDE.H)
  • Section 3: Sailplanes (NCO.IDE.S)
  • Section 4: Balloons (NCO.IDE.B)

- Subpart E: Specific Requirements (NCO.SPEC) (for noncommercial specialised operations)

  • Section 1: General
  • Section 2: Helicopter external sling load operations (NCO.SPEC.HESLO)
  • Section 3: Human external cargo operations (NCO.SPEC.HEC)
  • Section 4: Parachute operations (NCO.SPEC.PAR)
  • Section 5: Aerobatic flights (NCO.SPEC.ABF)

Which documents shall I carried on board?

NCO.GEN.135 defines the documents, manuals and information which shall be carried on each flight.

Can I use an MEL and to which conditions?

NCO.GEN.155 states that an MEL may be established (it is not required for other-than complex motor-powered aircraft). The MEL shall not be less restrictive than the MMEL. The MEL and any amendment thereto shall be notified to the competent authority.



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