Air operations in the European Union are regulated by the Commission regulation (EU) No 965/2012
of 5 October 2012 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air
operations pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council
(further Air Operations regulation).
This regulation was amended several times.
Regulation (EU) No 71/2014 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 covers the requirements
related to the Operational Suitability Data (OSD), thus closing the gap between aircraft design and
operations. The OSD requirements mandate that aircraft manufacturers, including those building
helicopters, submit data which EASA considers important for safe operation. OSD covers pilot
training, maintenance staff and simulator qualification; the master minimum equipment list (MMEL);
and possibly other areas, depending on the aircraft’s systems.
Regulation (EU) No 800/2013 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 covers non-commercial
operations with aeroplanes, helicopters, balloons and sailplanes (Annex VI Part-NCC on complex
motor-powered aircraft and Annex VII Part-NCO on other-than-complex motor-powered aircraft). It
also includes the consequent changes to the previously published Annexes I to V.
Regulation (EU) No 83/2014 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 covers flight and duty time
limitations and rest requirements for CAT operations with aeroplanes.
Regulation (EU) No 379/2014 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 completes the Air
Operations regulatory package as Annex VIII Part-SPO. It includes the technical requirements for
commercial specialised air operations with aeroplanes, helicopters, sailplanes and balloons and noncommercial specialised air operations with complex aeroplanes and complex helicopters. It also
includes new provisionsfor CAT operations with balloons and sailplanes and CAT operations starting
and ending at the same aerodrome with smaller aeroplanes/helicopters.
Commission Regulation (EU) No 2015/140 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 as regards
sterile flight crew compartment and correcting that regulation.
Commission Regulation (EU) No 2015/640 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 as regards
additional airworthiness specifications for a given type of operations
Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1329 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 as regards
operations by Union air carriers of aircraft registered in a third country.
Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/2338 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 as regards
requirements for flight recorders, underwater locating devices and aircraft tracking systems.
Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1199 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 as regards
operational approval of performance-based navigation, certification and oversight of data services
providers and helicopter offshore operations, and correcting that Regulation.