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Non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aircraft (PART-NCC)

Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 laying out the rules for Air Operations was amended by the European Commission on 14/08/2013, - adding additional requirements to the regulations, namely, Annex VI (Part-NCC) and Annex VII (Part-NCO).

Annex VI covers non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aircraft (aeroplanes and helicopters). The amendment also includes the consequent changes to the previously published Annexes I (Definitions), II (Part-ARO), III (Part-ORO) and V (Part-SPA).

Who is affected?

  • Operators of complex motor-powered aircraft registered in a Member State and having the principal place of business in a Member State.
  • Operators of complex motor-powered aircraft registered in a state other than a Member State but having their principal place of business (i.e. operator is established or residing) in a Member State.

An EASA State is any State, including Ireland where the Commission Regulations on air operations apply.

What is required?  

  • Operators of complex motor-powered aircraft within the criteria above must declare compliance with the applicable EU Air Operations rules to the appropriate competent authority, i.e. in Ireland, to the IAA.
  • The Declaration must be made using the procedure established by the competent authority (for the IAA use form FOD.F.325 A - link below).     

Derogations for non-commercial operations with twin turboprop aeroplanes

The European Commission and the EASA Committee have agreed a derogation to allow non-commercial operations of twin turboprop aeroplanes, with a MCTOM of 5 700 kg and below, to be operated under Part-NCO (Non-Commercial Operations) rules instead of Part-NCC. Operators of this type of aircraft do not have to comply with Annex III Part-ORO (Organisation Requirements) of the Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 on air operations.

General Guidance

The following Parts of the Air OPS regulation (EU) No 965/2012 are applicable to NCC operations:

  • ‘Cover’ Regulation Air operations
  • Annex I: Definitions for terms used in Annexes II to VIII
  • Annex II: Part-ARO: Authority requirements
  • Annex III: Part-ORO: Organisation requirements
  • Annex V: Part-SPA: Operations requiring specific approvals
  • Annex VI: Part-NCC: Non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aircraft (CMPA)

How can PART-NCC operators comply with the European rules?

  • Familiarise with the content of the applicable rules of Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 including its amendments.
  • Fill in the declaration as per ORO.DEC.100 in Annex III of Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 (as amended) and submit it to the IAA by email to the notified email address.
  • If you apply alternative means of compliance (e.g., the IS-BAO standards), you have to submit this information to IAA together with the Declaration form.
  • If your declared operation requires any of the following ‘specific approvals’ (e.g. LVO, RVSM, MNPS, DG, PBN), you will be required to supply a list of the specific approvals with your Declaration.
  • For aircraft registered in an EU member State, applications for ‘specific approvals’ must be made to the State where the operator is established or residing
  • Operators shall be required to have :
    • a management system (incl. SMS) proportionate to your operations;
    • an Ops Manual that correctly reflects your operation;
    • a training programme proportionate to your operation;
    • an approved MEL.

Note: A copy of the ‘PART NCC/SPO Declaration’ Form (FOD.F.325a) is available to download from the IAA website. PART NCC/SPO DECLARATION FORM


Non-commercial operation:

  • For the purposes of PART-NCC, a non-commercial operation, is the operation of a complex aircraft, not being a Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operation, in, into, or out of, a Member State.

Complex motor-powered aircraft:

  • the term is defined in Article 3 (letter (j)) of the Basic Regulation:
    • “‘complex motor-powered aircraft’ shall mean:
      • an aeroplane:
        • with a maximum certificated take-off mass exceeding 5 700 kg, or
        • certificated for a maximum passenger seating configuration of more than nineteen, or
        • certificated for operation with a minimum crew of at least two pilots, or
        • equipped with (a) turbojet engine(s) or more than one turboprop engine, or
      • a helicopter certificated:
        • for a maximum take-off mass exceeding 3 175 kg, or
        • for a maximum passenger seating configuration of more than nine, or
        • for operation with a minimum crew of at least two pilots, or
      • a tilt rotor aircraft;”

Further Information:

Click here to view a PART NCC Q&A document.


For information on PART NCC and on the EASA developed Operations Manual Template please see link: EASA NCC INFORMATION AND TEMPLATE MANUAL  

The associated Decisions containing the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) are published on the EASA website. On the Regulations webpage, you can find more useful links including EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM).