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August issue of GA Magazine is out

We now provide the  GA Magazine for quick online viewing which is also compatible with your ipad.


Read the August 2016 Issue in our online viewer 


Download as a PDF for offline reading

The Flying Directory Supplement 2016/17 can be downloaded here


For older editions of GA Magazine please visit the archive

NCC-Light Template manual
IAOPA Europe is happy to finally make available a template for an NCC Operations Manual which is written from the ground up with the intent of fulfilling all relevant requirements in Part-NCC and Part-ORO in a simple way that is suitable for the very small NCC operator with maybe 2-3 persons involved in the flight operation.
Through an extensive use of references to relevant regulation and appendices the core Operations Manual is kept down to around 20 pages. Further, the most common variable items are all listed in the "Operator's Reference" section at the beginning of the manual. This should make the implementation quite an achievable task even for a small NCC operator.
The manual at this stage is not yet endorsed by any authorities and as such comes without any guarantees. It is provided free of charge, but if your organization finds it useful please consider a donation marked “NCC Light” to:
IAOPA Europe, Rabobank Roosendaal
Bank Account No.: 1843.98.789
Swiftcode:  RABONL2U            
IBAN: NL33RABO0184398789
For questions or comments, please contact the IAOPA Europe NCC Competency Team at
For larger corporate operators please refer to the more extensive NCC Ops manual that was previously released and can be found just below.

Template OPS manual for larger operators of Complex Aircraft

As of August 25'th 2016 all operators of complex aircraft in Europe will be required to comply with the new Part-NCC requirements. IAOPA has from the beginning worked to exclude particularly the very small operators from these requirements since they are not suited for a small organisation with maybe just one or two persons involved in the operation. Recently the EASA Committee has decided in favour of excluding turboprop aircraft with a MTOW of less than 5700kg. Operators of these aircraft will therefore NOT be required to submit a declaration and associated requirements for a management system and OPS manual.

For an overview of the requirements for operators of Non Complex Aircraft please consult the dedicated NCC page at the EASA website.

In order to assist those operators who are still subject to the new requirements IAOPA has together with EASA, national aviation authorities, ERAC and other Industry representatives worked to develop a template manual. This can be freely downloaded and modified by the operator. The template manual has been developed with a medium-sized NCC operator in mind. Work is still ongoing to also present a manual which is more tailored to the very small operator.

To download the template NCC manual please click here

Please note that you will have to work through the template and adjust so that it suits your operation. Also note that for a non-commercial operator your OPS manual does not have to be approved by your aviation autority. In fact you are not even required to submit it when you file your NCC declaration. However, you must have it available and be able to show compliance when you have an audit inspection from your authority.

The template manual is build on the principle that it includes more than what is required for most operators. It should therefore be possible to shorten it down considerably when you work your way through it and adapt it to your operation. Be sure to remove sections and procedures which do not apply to your operation so that the manual describes the way you actually operate. Otherwise you are making your first compliance audit harder than it needs to be.

The manuals are made available free of charge but financial contributions to support IAOPAs European activities will be much appreciated. Please contact for details.


EU Commission proposal: major changes for Aviation Regulation

The EU Commission has proposed major changes to the Basic Regulation that governs aviation regulation within the EU. IAOPA is currently reviewing the extensive proposal which will have a significant impact on all sectors of aviation. Among other things the definitions of 'Commercial Operation' and 'Complex Aircraft' will be removed the basic regulation. If and how these terms will survive in implementing rules is not yet clear. Interested members are more than welcome to email comments to so they can be taken into account when forming an IAOPA position.

Click here to download the proposal

Click here to download annexes to the proposal


Presentations and resolutions from the IAOPA World Assembly in Beijing

Presentation and resolution from the IAOPA World Assembly in Beijing, September 2014 and supporting documents:

When Safety Regulation works against Safety - lessons from Europe

European GA Safety Strategy

ICAO Annex 6, Part II

Adopted Resolutions

EU Parliament adopts GA friendly resolution

The European Parliament has given general aviation its biggest boost in modern times with the adoption of a resolution which guides the EC and member states to adopt a raft of principles which would preserve, foster and promote GA across Europe. Resolution 2008/2134(INI) sets out the importance of keeping legislation in proportion, recognising the differences between CAT and GA in setting fees and charges, ensuring that GA has access to airports and airspace and accepting that GA has a vital role to play in Europe's transport infrastructure.

The resolution, adopted by a huge margin - 524 votes in favour, 74 against and six abstentions - now forms the basis of the European Commission's approach to general aviation. The Commission is in turn the boss of EASA, which will find it very difficult to ignore the new landscape for GA. In addition, national AOPAs can now use it in negotiations with their own CAAs to ensure that GA is treated fairly.

The full document can be seen by clicking on this link. It includes 35 clauses, each of which represents a major breakthrough for GA, addressing nearly every major issue impacting on general aviation today; access to airfields and airspace, proportionality in regulation and charges and appropriate technology requirements. It calls on the EC to recognise the important role that GA plays in the training of professional pilots.

The resolution had its genesis in a meeting four years ago between European Aviation Commissioner Daniel Calleja di Crespo and a three-man IAOPA delegation at which the need for action on European legislation affecting GA was discussed. MEPs like Timothy Kirkhope from the UK and Arunas Degutis from Lithuania, both pilots, have been active in canvassing support. IAOPA is having the document translated into every European language and distributed to authorities across the continent.

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How to get your aviation fuel tax-free
According to European Directive 2003/96/EC only fuel used for Private Pleasure Flying should be taxed. All other aviation fuel should be tax-free or the tax refunded. Click here to see the IAOPA collection of how to avoid fuel taxes in individual EU member states.