Gama Aviation gains EASA Third Country Operator authorisation
Gama’s US division has become one of the first business aviation operators to receive Third Country Operator (TCO) authorization from the EASA.
The authorisation allows operators from outside the EU to obtain single safety authorisation for any commercial air transport (CAT) operations into, within or out of any of the 28 EU member countries. It also covers EU overseas territories and four European Free Trade Association states.
It was introduced by EASA in May 2014 and comes into force this November.
“We’re pleased to have become one of the first recipients of EASA Third Country Authorisation. The authorisation relieves commercial operators from the rather onerous process of applying for access into each of the EU participating states individually, which should speed up the process when applying for permits. We expect this to greatly benefit our clients – many of whom will make regular inter-city business trips across Europe.” said Jason Oakland, operations supervisor, Gama Aviation US.
“We feel there is still a great deal of uncertainty amongst the industry regarding the new regulations with some confusion over how they are going to be applied. We have the experience and depth of resource within our team to provide advice to smaller operators and aircraft owners which will ensure they are fully compliant with the new requirements and won’t see their operations grounded come August.” said Duncan Daines, chief marketing officer at Gama Aviation.
“We feel there is still a great deal of uncertainty amongst the industry regarding the new regulations with some confusion over how they are going to be applied.”