Non-commercial operations with non-complex NCO powered aircraft

    Operators of non-complex motor-powered aeroplanes and helicopters carrying out non-commercial operations, including specialised non-commercial operations, such as parachute launches, aerobatic flights, etc., shall operate the aircraft in accordance with the provisions set out in Annex VII (Part-NCO) to Commission Regulation (EU) 965/2012 of 5 October 2012.

    This regulation does not apply to aircraft falling within those defined in Annex I to Regulation (EC) 2018/1139, such as ultra-light-structured aircraft, historical aircraft and amateur construction aircraft.

    This new regulation is applicable in Spain, for operators who do not carry out specialised operations, since 25 August 2016, in accordance with the Resolution of 10 December 2013 of the Directorate of the State Aviation Safety Agency.

    The new regulation does not require authorisation or approval by the State Aviation Safety Agency to carry out such operations. In the case of operations requiring special approvals (RVSM, MNPS, etc.) they must apply for approvals in accordance with Part SPA (Annex V to Regulation (EU) 965/2012).

    IMPORTANT: If you have special approvals issued in accordance with national legislation, they are not valid since 25 August 2016. You must request new approvals under Part SPA.

    Regulation (EU) 965/2012 allows, within the scope of non-commercial operations with non-complex powered aircraft:

    In addition to the requirements set out in the Regulation, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published by Decision of the Executive Director of EASA the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and the Guidance Material (GM).

    Courtesy translation of Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM).

      • Cost-sharing flights by individuals, provided that the direct cost is shared by all occupants of the aircraft, including the pilot, and the number of persons sharing the direct costs is limited to six.
      • Competition flights or exhibition flights, provided that the remuneration or any other financial consideration for such flights is limited to the remuneration for direct costs and to a contribution proportionate to the annual costs.
      • Introduction flights, paratrooper launches, glider towing or aerobatic flights performed by an organisation set up with the aim of promoting air sports or recreational aviation, provided that the aircraft is operated by the organisation under the ownership or unmanned lease, that the flight does not generate profits distributed outside the organisation and that, where non-members of the organisation participate, such flights represent only a marginal activity of the organisation.

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