The new Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016 has come into force as of 25 August

“Following a significant level of consultation and review the Air Navigation Order 2016 puts in place the legal basis to help simplify the GA regulatory framework. It formalises many of the changes we have already made since we took up the government’s Red Tape Challenge and will help make the rules easier to understand.” Says Tony Rapson, Head of the CAA’s General Aviation Unit.

The ANO forms the legal basis for the majority of areas of civil aviation that are regulated at national level. In line with better regulation principles, the CAA undertook a joint review of the ANO 2009 with the Department for Transport – leading to “the most ambitious reorganisation of the Order since 1989”.

The 2016 ANO provides the foundation for a “simpler and more proportionate” approach to the regulation of many GA activities that fall under national (and not European) regulation. The structure has been significantly altered in order to help pilots (and others involved in the operation of non-EASA aircraft) find the information that they need more easily.

Scope, applicability and key definitions are now set out at the front. Derogations, or exceptions as they are known in UK law, that apply to a number of GA activities have also been moved close to the front. Some terms have also been changed to match those used by EASA and help make rules clearer to understand, while sections of the Order have been organised to follow regulatory functions, like airworthiness, operations and licensing.

The Air Navigation Order 2016 is available to view online.

For further details about the contents and restructure of the ANO 2016, check the CAA website.

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