Luxaviation Group receives first EASA single AOC
Luxaviation Group has announced that its Portuguese division has become the first business aviation operation to come under the safety oversight of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), This is a step towards obtaining EASA regulatory supervision for all of Luxaviation’s European group businesses.
The European AOC (Air Operator’s Certificate), overseen by EASA, is understood to reduce operational costs for operators and increase competitiveness in 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 AOCs, of which nine 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.
Patrick Hansen, CEO of Luxaviation Group said: “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. Our Portuguese AOC is just the beginning – others will follow.”
Patrick Ky, executive director, EASA, said: “EASA is pleased to have issued the first single AOC to Luxaviation and we are happy to continue working to help them streamline their operations.”
Luxaviation’s Portuguese fleet started operating under the European AOC as of October 13. The group also currently holds AOCs in other EASA member states, including Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and San Marino. Luxaviation recently sold its stake in the LBAS maintenance facility in Berlin to Bombardier Aviation.