Business Air Operators Certificate issued by EASA with help from GAMA

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Luxaviation earns 1st EASA Business Aviation AOC

EASA equivalent of P135- single certificate pan Europe

Credit to GAMA in the process

The headline is a bit misleading for American readers; business aviation in the US  connotes corporate flights without compensation, Part 91. Not so with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (shouldn’t its acronym be EUASA?), this designation there identifies what we call Part 135.

The significance of the action is that Luxaviation is beginning the process of consolidating its multiple certificates from the EU countries to a single EASA AOC. The theme from the Luxaviation and then EASA press releases is that the unified authority will lower regulatory costs, increase safety (consistency reduces likelihood of operational errors caused by conflicting OPS parameters—though neither release mentions this most important safety gain) and frankly, prestige of holding the first issued by the pan European safety body. The most interesting quote from EASA is that the single certificate “paves the way for an increased competitiveness of the European market.”

Another interesting aspect of this operational development is that much credit is given for this regulatory achievement by Luxaviation to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, an organization with global aircraft certification regulatory reputation.

EASA AOC, plane, team and helicopters

 


Luxaviation registers first business aircraft operator under EASA European AOC

13 Oct 2020 EASA official release

Luxaviation Group, one of the largest business aircraft and helicopter operators worldwide, has transferred its Portuguese entity to the safety oversight of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), in a first step towards obtaining EASA regulatory supervision for all of Luxaviation’s European group businesses.

The European AOC, overseen by EASA, represents a major change for the entire aviation sector as it reduces operational costs for operators and paves the way for an increased competitiveness of the European market.EASA AOC statement of application

 

 

As a worldwide operator, Luxaviation Group currently manages 235 aircraft and 35 helicopters under the regulatory umbrella of 15 air-operating certificates (AOCs) of which nine are provided through European regulators. 

Patrick Ky

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said: “EASA is pleased to have issued to Luxaviation the first European AOC for a business aircraft operator. This is an important step for European aviation, and we are happy to continue working with Luxaviation to help them streamline their operations and maintain the highest levels of safety.”

 

 

 


Luxaviation Group disrupting European aviation market: first business aircraft operator under EASA European AOC

13 October 2020

Company Press ReleaseEASA Luxaviation plane

 

Luxembourg/Cologne/Lisbon – Luxaviation Group, one of the largest business aircraft and helicopter operators worldwide, is proud to announce that its Portuguese entity has become the first business aviation operation to come under the safety oversight of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), in a first step towards obtaining EASA regulatory supervision for all of Luxaviation’s European group businesses.

The European AOC overseen by EASA, represents a major change for the entire aviation sector as it reduces operational costs for operators and paves the way for an increased competitiveness of the European market.

As a worldwide operator, Luxaviation Group currently manages 235 aircraft and 35 helicopters under the most stringent safety standards and under the regulatory umbrella of 15 air-operating certificates (AOCs) of which 9 are provided through European regulators. The EU Basic Regulation 2018/1139 which was introduced in 2018 provides operators in the Luxaviation group with the opportunity to report to a single competent authority, responsible for safety oversight and certification.

Historical moment for European Aviation

Patrick Hansen

Patrick Hansen, CEO of Luxaviation Group says: “We have been working closely with EASA in order to achieve a single AOC similar to the American FAA. Today we are particularly proud to take a part in this historical moment for European aviation and to start operating under an EASA AOC which we are confident to apply to all European operating entities of the group in the future”.

 

According to Luxaviation, a typical aircraft operator stands to save around 15 percent through the reduced burden associated with separate administrative and training requirements. It said that it can take six to 12 months to establish an AOC for a single aircraft.

Luxaviation selected its Portuguese operation to be the first adopter of the new process from among its seven other AOCs based in EASA member states (the others being in Luxembourg, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, San Marino, and Malta). Its team worked with counterparts from EASA’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany, and also with national aviation officials in Lisbon in a process that constituted a learning curve for both sides.

Luxaviation CEO Patrick Hansen told AIN that the company will now follow the same process until all its separate national AOCs have been consolidated on a single EASA certificate. “This will streamline everything and greatly reduce duplication. It represents true harmonization which is what the European Union has been aiming for over many years,” he said.

“We have been working closely with EASA to achieve a single AOC similar to the American FAA,” commented Hansen. “Today we are particularly proud to take a part in this historical moment for European aviation and to start operating under one single EU AOC, which we are confident will apply to all European operating entities of the group.”

ainonline statement of plan

“At a time where European solidarity is gaining even more importance, this step to unify our skies under one European authority is key for further success. It has been a natural step for us to drive this initiative of the European Union and we will be supporting this program as one of the first companies to do so. The size of our fleet and the experience across most European countries will give valuable insight to develop this program even further. Ever the innovative spirit, we believe to be a trailblazer for the entire European aviation industry. Our Portuguese AOC is just the beginning – others will follow.”

Patrick Ky, Executive Director, EASA, says: “EASA is pleased to have issued to Luxaviation the first European AOC for a business aircraft operator. This is an important step for European aviation, and we are happy to continue working with Luxaviation to help them streamline their operations and maintain the highest levels of safety.”

EASA regulation EU-2018.1139

The 2018/1139 Regulation will support Luxaviation passenger confidence in a safe civil aviation, technical and operational interoperability and additional sharing of administrative best practices. The EASA AOC, is valid and recognized throughout the European Union, without any additional requirements. Luxaviation Group’s Portuguese entity will operate under the EASA AOC as of 13 October 2020.

 

 

 

 


GAMA Commends EASA for Awarding Luxaviation Group with First Business Aviation EASA Air Operator CertificateGAMA logo

Gama Aviation

Oct 14th, 2020

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) commends the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Luxaviation Group for setting a new milestone in European cooperation and aviation safety oversight. Luxaviation Group has become the first Business Aviation operator to obtain an EASA Air Operator Certificate (AOC). This new European AOC is the first step towards obtaining EASA regulatory supervision for all of Luxaviation’s European group businesses.

david vanden langenberghLuxaviation Group’s representative in GAMA, David Van Den Langenbergh, and the GAMA team have done a great job engaging with the European Parliament, the European Commission and Member States since 2015 to reach this goal. This is a great achievement,” said Patrick Hansen, chief executive officer for Luxaviation Group.

“We are grateful for EASA’s support and leadership throughout this process. EASA showed that they are passionate about aviation and are willing to innovate. Ever since preliminary discussions started with the European Commission and the European Parliament about this regulation, we were supported by GAMA’s European policy experts. GAMA has helped us to realize that we can, and should, actively engage with regulators and I strongly recommend the whole General Aviation and Business Aviation community to do so as well,“ said David Van Den Langenbergh, chair of GAMA’s European Leaders Steering Committee and president of Aviation Services for Luxaviation Group.

Pete Bunce

It is a monumental accomplishment for EASA to grant the first Business Aviation EASA AOC to Luxaviation Group. This would have never been possible without the strong commitment from EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick Ky, to work with Luxaviation Group as a test case early on, after the Basic Regulation was adopted. It took a tremendous amount of work to both secure this regulatory change and see it through to implementation. GAMA is proud to be able to help in achieving this milestone, which will in turn open the door for more companies to follow suit. Ultimately, this will provide more consistency in regulatory interpretation and oversight and create more opportunities for European General and Business Aviation to thrive,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA president and CEO.

 

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