Operators taking part in what used to be called ‘aerial work’ now have to declare the work with the CAA under EASA’s Part-SPO regulations which come into force on 21 April 2017. The CAA has just issued the declaration form for operators.

Under EASAPart-SPO, ‘Specialised Operations’ means any operation other than commercial air transport where the aircraft is used for specialised activities such as:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Photography
  • Surveying
  • Observation and patrol
  • Aerial advertisement.

Who is affected by SPO?

  • Commercial and non-commercial SPO operators
  • Complex and non-complex aircraft SPO operators
  • ‘High Risk’ and non-High Risk SPO operators.

‘High risk’ activities will need authorisation and this process will be in place from 23 January 2017. High risk commercial specialised operation’ means any commercial specialised aircraft operation carried out over an area where the safety of third parties on the ground is likely to be endangered in the event of an emergency or, as determined by the competent authority of the place where the operation is conducted, any commercial specialised aircraft operation  that, due to its specific nature and the local environment in which it is conducted, poses a high risk, in particular to third parties on the ground.