Safety & Operations

Air transport is one of the safest modes of transport and all AEA members are committed to safety. AEA’s activities focus on enhancing the existing high level of safety. 

The Technical and Operations Committee (TOC) provides a high-level platform to address topical issues related to safety and operations, which are further elaborated in dedicated Task Forces. 

Air Operations

Air Operations are regulated by Implementing Rules and associated Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC), Guidance Material (GM) and Certification Specifications (CS).

EU Regulation No 965/2012 on Air Operations was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 25 October 2012 and entered into force on 28 October 2012. Member States have the opportunity to postpone the applicability of these rules by up to 2 years until October 2014.

AEA monitors the transition of individual States from EU-OPS to the Regulation on Air Operations and is actively involved in the implementation process.


A common endeavour is needed at the European level to keep air transport safe and sustainable. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) develops common safety and environmental rules, monitors the implementation of standards and provides the necessary technical expertise. 

AEA’s activities aim at promoting the highest level of safety. However, safety and operation rules must strike a fair balance between the need to maximise safety and the avoidance of extensive obligations and related implementation costs.  

AEA is pro-actively involved in EASA’s work through the EASA Advisory Board, SSCC, Rule-Making Tasks and specific Committees to ensure that interest of the airlines are properly taken into account. AEA also contributes to the ongoing process of revising the EASA Basic Regulation.

Flight Crew Licensing

Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 on Flight Crew Licensing and Medical Requirements was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 25 November 2011 and consists of four Annexes. These cover Part FCL, conditions for the conversion of existing national licences and ratings for aeroplanes and helicopters, conditions for the acceptance of licences issued by or on behalf of third countries, and Part MED. The regulation became applicable as of 8 April 2012. In this context, Member States could apply for derogation, for a limited period of time, from certain provisions laid down in the regulation.

During the implementation phase, AEA will continue to monitor implementation issues and will be actively involved in finding practical solutions.

Flight and Duty Time Limitation

The final EASA Flight and Duty Time Limitation (FTL) rules for pilots and cabin crew were published in the EU Official Journal of 29 January 2014 (Regulation No 83/2014). They will apply as from 18th February 2016.

AEA actively contributed to the development of the new rules to ensure that they are focused on safety rather than the social issues promoted by the trade unions. AEA is an active member of the EASA FTL Rulemaking Group.

During the implementation phase, the AEA will continue to monitor implementation issues with the support of the AEA FTL Expert Group. AEA will also be involved in the EASA Panel of Experts which will need to consider a few deviations from the EASA soft-law for specific operations.



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