Specialised Operations - SPO


Specialised operations ‘SPO’ (formerly called and sometimes still referred to as “aerial work”) is where the aircraft is used for activities such as agriculture, construction, photography, surveying, observation and patrol or aerial advertisement. For further details of SPO criterias consult SPO.GEN.005 of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 on Air Operations.

For such operations Part-VIII (Part-SPO) of the Commission Regulation (EU) N0 965/2012 on Air Operations is applicable for aeroplanes and helicopters, unless performed on other-than complex aeroplanes or helicopters as non-commercial activity – in which case Part-VII (Part-NCO) of the Commission Regulation (EU) N0 965/2012 on Air Operations would be applicable; find further more details further down under title: “Applicable Requirements for SPO Operators”.

Holding an AOC does not provide the entitlement to perform SPO 

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Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA

Section Operation of Complex Airplanes 



Section Helicopter Flight Operations

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