EASA’s Growing Impact

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Course content

The European Union’s aviation safety regulations, made by the European Commission (EC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), are increasingly affecting the aircraft leasing community. Initially, it was primarily the Part M regulation that directly addresses owners of leased aircraft, but with the expanding scope of EASA, more regulations emerge that are of interest to the leasing community at large. In addition, more and more countries outside the European Union are adopting the EC/EASA regulations.

On the import/export side, there is increased cooperation between the EU and the US in accepting each other’s certification findings. On 1 May 2011, an EU/US bilateral to that effect came into force.

Ciconia Aviation has therefore designed a course that explains the whole gamma of existing and near-future EASA regulations to lessors, as well as the EU/US bilateral. In addition to elucidating the complex structure of the regulations, and highlighting those that are of particular relevance to lessors, it focuses on issues where lessors have been confronted with varying regulations, or their interpretation, by European and non-European regulators.

Course objective

This training course educates participants on the effect of existing and future EASA regulations on their day-to-day practice of importing/exporting aircraft into or out of the ‘EASA system’ and their operation when in Europe. Specifically, it focuses on items lessors struggle with, either because of vague regulations allowing multiple interpretations, national variations that still exist, or otherwise.

Course elements

  1. The EU legal system and EASA regulatory framework:
    • EU institutions and major law instruments;
    • Role of the European Commission, EASA and the Member State National Aviation Authorities (NAAs);
    • EASA regulatory framework, including the Basic Regulation;
    • EASA rulemaking process;
    • Division of labor between EASA and the member state NAAs.
  2. Airworthiness regulations of relevance to lessors:
    • Part 21 – Type Certificates, Supplemental Type Certificates, Airworthiness Certificates, Noise Certificates, Design Organization Approvals, Appliance and Part Approvals (e.g. ETSOs, EPAs), Repair Approvals, Permits-to-fly; Airworthiness Codes (e.g. CS-25 – Certification Specifications Large Aircraft), Additional Airworthiness Specifications (CS-26). Comparisons with corresponding US FARs are included.
    • Part M – the aircraft owner’s rights and obligations in the area of maintenance management, the operator and the Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO); the contract established between owner and CAMO; the Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC); record retention; EASA Form 1, etc.
  3. The first extension of EASA’s remit that came into effect on 8 April 2012.

Overview of the many new Parts covering such subjects as:

  • Organization Requirements (Part-ORO), including security requirements;
  • Commercial Air Transport (Part-CAT), including operational equipment requirements;
  • Special Approvals (Part-SPA);
  • Third country Operators (Part-TCO).
  1. Airspace user requirements, as far as they affect aircraft equipment
  2. Aviation safety related requirements for import into the EU, including:
    • EASA Part M requirements;
    • National additions and interpretations;
    • Operational and airspace usage requirements;
    • The EU/US bilateral.

Examples of specific topics

After the course, participants will be able to answer such questions as:

  • What technical records must be kept and for how long?
  • Can an aircraft be registered without receiving a Certificate of Airworthiness?
  • Is a video surveillance system mandatory?
  • Is a permit-to-fly required for an aircraft that is not on an AOC?
  • When and where does data link become mandatory?
  • What are the benefits of the 2011 EU/US bilateral?
  • What national import regulations remain in force in Europe in spite of EASA?

Target audience

Technical and regulatory staff from the aircraft leasing and financial community engaged in the transfer of aircraft between jurisdictions.


Time: 2 days, with starting and finishing times that allow same-day travel, e.g. start at 10:00 on first day and finish at 15:00 on second day.

Course fee: € 1550.- excl. VAT (21%)

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