Rules and Regulations

Interception procedures and signals on board

 

Since 25th August 2016 information of interception procedures and signals must be carried on board of an aircraft, because the publication of Opt-Out of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 800/2013 and Commission Regulation (EU) No. 965/2012 ended with 25th August 2016.

In our Rogers Data Austria VFR Trip Kit, the relevant information is contained and illustrated on pages ENR 4.1-1 to ENR 4.1-5. So our customers meet the requirements of this regulation.

Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 of 5 October 2012
laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Part-NCC (Annex VI to Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012)
Non-Commercial Air Operations with complex motor-powered aircrafts

NCC.GEN.140   Documents, manuals and information to be carried
a) The following documents, manuals and information shall be carried on each flight as originals or copies unless otherwise specified:
12. procedures and visual signals information for use by intercepting and intercepted aircraft

Part-NCO (ANNEX VII to Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012)
Non-Commercial air operations with other-than-complex motor-powered aircrafts 

NCO.GEN.135   Documents, manuals and information to be carried
a) The following documents, manuals and information shall be carried on each flight as originals or copies unless otherwise specified:
11. procedures and visual signals information for use by intercepting and intercepted aircraft

Part-CAT (Annex IV to Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012)
Commercial air transport operations

CAT.GEN.MPA.180 Documents, manuals and information to be carried
a) The following documents, manuals and information shall be carried on each flight, as originals or copies unless otherwise specified:
13. procedures and visual signals information for use by intercepting and intercepted aircraft

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VFR Aeronautical Charts
ICAO Annex 4, EU-Regulation

 

Rogers Data VFR aeronautical Charts according to ICAO Annex 4 as well as on the relevant regulations of European Commission Regulations and the latest aeronautical information from AIP of each competent authority.

Rogers Data VFR aeronautical Charts are based on the latest aeronautical information from AIP (Aeronautical Information Publication) and their supplements of the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) as well as on the relevant regulations of ICAO Annex 4 – aeronautical Charts and European Commission Regulations.

These regulations (ICAO Annex 4; EU regulations) regulate that VFR aeronautical charts have to be “current and suitable”. That means topicality and suitability are the crucial fators for aviation. Therefore it is the pilot`s responsibility to carry current and suitable aeronautical charts on board.

Furthermore ICAO Annex 4 regulates that an appropriate back-up system is mandatory in addition to the use of digital aeronautical charts. In this context ICAO explains that paper charts may be a suitable back-up system.

(…) a suitable back-up system may include the carriage of paper charts.
[20.6 „Back-up Arrangements“ to Annex 4 to Convention on International Civil Aviation]

On the one hand Rogers Data makes it its business to meet the requirements of ICAO Annex 4 and European Commission Regulations and on the other hand to meet the expectations of VFR pilots.

Rogers Data VFR aeronautical charts – ICAO charts have a very detailed representation of ATS airspace structures. We use a high-quality topographic map with shading and relief. This creates a dynamic 3D impression.

Rogers Data VFR aeronautical charts include TMZ transponder mandatory zones, RMZ radio mandatory zones, airports, aerodromes and heliports with additional information, compulsory reporting points, reporting points on request, significant points (border crossing), Radio Navigation Aids with name, frequency and morse code, obstacles or group of obstacles and aerial sporting and recreational activities, areas with sensitive fauna.

All in all we were able to combine all requirements and expectations for VFR aeronautical charts and provide high sophisticated and very optimized products at the end of the producing process.

ICAO Annex 4
Back-up Arrangements

 

One advantage of Rogers Data are additionally the digital charts that we produce our charts on paper.
Paper charts are recommended by ICAO Annex 4 to be used as back up arrangement:

Annex 4 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation
20.6 Back-up arrangements 

To ensure safe navigation in case of a failure of the Electronic Aeronautical Chart Display — ICAO, the provision of adequate back-up arrangements shall include:

a) facilities enabling a safe takeover of display functions in order to ensure that a failure does not result in a critical situation; and

b) a back-up arrangement facilitating the means for safe navigation of the remaining part of the flight.

Note.— suitable back-up system may include the carriage of paper charts.

Current and suitable VFR charts

 

Annex 6 – Part III – International Operations – Helicopters
Chapter 4. Helicopter Instruments, Equipment and Flight Documents

4.2.3 A helicopter shall carry:

a) the operations manual prescribed in 2.2.2, or those parts of it that pertain to flight operations;

b) the helicopter flight manual for the helicopter, or other documents containing performance data required for the application of Chapter 3 and any other information necessary for the operation of the helicopter within the terms of its certificate of airworthiness, unless these data are available in the operations manual; and

c) current and suitable charts to cover the route of the proposed flight and any route along which it is reasonable to expect that the flight may be diverted.

For the Rogers Data aeronautical charts, special emphasis was placed on the topographic background chart and an easily understandable airspace imprint. In our charts, airspaces without mandatory clearance are shown in the font colour BLUE and airspaces requiring clearance are shown in the font colour RED. The control zones, danger areas and restricted areas are also shown in RED to draw attention to their special significance. A rumour that it is only allowed to fly with ICAO charts cannot be deduced from the laws. One should look at the chart offers and decide according to one’s taste.

In addition to the digital charts, it makes sense to have backup systems. ICAO Annex 4 regulates that a suitable back-up system may include the carriage of paper charts. A paper chart is a proven and functioning system.

In conjunction with NOTAM (Notice To Airman) advice, the review of the AUP (Airspace Use Plan), the AIP Supplements (AIP SUP) for temporarily established military exercise and training areas* and the MET Briefing, nothing should stand in the way of safe flight operations after reviewing the avionics.

* Military exercise training areas are promulgated by AIP SUP or NOTAM. AIP Supplements (AIP SUP) contain information of limited duration. This is usually around

These are usually

  • publications with a validity of 3 months or more
  • publications that include charts or detailed information, even with a validity of less than 3 months.
  • AIP supplements are printed on yellow paper, provided with serial number and year and the specified AIP part with the period of their validity.

Composition of relevant applicable regulations concerning aeronautical charts

Relevant applicable rules

Anhang VI to Regulation (EU) No. 965/2012, Regulations (EU) No. 379/2014

Composition of applicable regulations concerning aeronautical charts
(Part-NCC)

NCC.GEN.140 Documents, manuals and information to be carried

a) The following documents, manuals and information shall be carried on each flight as originals or copies unless otherwise specified:

11. current and suitable aeronautical charts for the route of the proposed flight and all routes along which it is reasonable to expect that the flight may be diverted

(…)

Annex VII to Regulation (EU) No. 965/2012, Regulation (EU) No. 379/2014

Non-commercial with other-than complex motor-powered aircraft
(Part-NCO)

NCO.GEN.135 Documents, manuals and information to be carried

a) The following documents, manuals and information shall be carried on each flight as originals or copies unless otherwise specified

10. current and suitable aeronautical charts for the route area of the proposed flight and all routes along which it is reasonable to expect that the flight may be diverted

(…)

AMC1 NCO.GEN.135(a)(10) – Documents, Manuals and Information to be carried

CURRENT AND SUITABLE AERONAUTICAL CHARTS

(a) The aeronautical charts carried should contain data appropriate to the applicable air traffic regulations, rules of the air, flight altitudes, area/route and nature of the operation. Due consideration should be given to carriage of textual and graphic representations of:

(1) aeronautical data, including, as appropriate for the nature of the operation:

(i) airspace structrure;
(ii) significant Points, Navigation aids (navaids) and air traffic services (ATS) routes;
(iii) navigation and communication frequencies;
(iv) prohibited, restricted and danger areas; and
(v) sites of other relevant activities that may hazard the flight;

(…)

CAT.GEN.MPA.180 Documents, manuals and information to be carried

a) The following documents, manuals and information shall be carried on each flight, as originals or copies unless otherwise specified:

12. current and suitable aeronautical charts for the route of the proposed flight and all routes along which it is reasonable to expect that the flight may be diverted

CAT.GEN.MPA.190 Provision of documentation and records

The commander shall, within a reasonable time of being requested to do so by a person authorised by an authority, provide to that person the documentation required to be carried on board.

CAT.OP.MPA.175 Flight preparation

a) An operational flight plan shall be completed for each intended flight based on considerations of aircraft performance, other operating limitations and relevant expected conditions on the route to be followed and at the aerodromes/operating sites concerned

b) The flight shall not be commenced unless the commander is satisfied that:
5. current maps, charts and associated documentation or equivalent data are available to cover the intended operation of the aircraft including any diversion that may reasonably be expected

CAT.IDE.A.355 Management of aeronautical databases

b) The operator shall ensure the timely distribution and insertion of current and unaltered aeronautical databases to all aircraft that require them.

SPA.HEMS.130 Crew requirements

e) Crew composition
2. Night flight. The minimum crew by night shall be:
i) two pilots; or
ii) one pilot and one HEMS technical crew member in specific geographical areas defined by the operator in the operations manual taking into account the following:
A. adequate ground reference;
B. flight following system for the duration of the HEMS mission

SPO.GEN.140 Documents, manuals and information to be carried

a) The following documents, manuals and information shall be carried on each flight as originals or copies unless otherwise specified below
12. current and suitable aeronautical charts for the route/area of the proposed flight and all routes along which it is reasonable to expect that the flight may be diverted
13. procedures and visual signals information for use by intercepting and intercepted aircraft

SPO.OP.115 Departure and approach procedures — aeroplanes and helicopters

a) The pilot-in-command shall use the departure and approach procedures established by the State of the aerodrome, if such procedures have been published for the runway or FATO to be used.

b) The pilot-in-command may deviate from a published departure route, arrival route or approach procedure:
1. provided obstacle clearance criteria can be observed, full account is taken of the operating conditions and any ATC clearance is adhered to; or
2. when being radar-vectored by an ATC unit

c) In the case of operations with complex motor-powered aircraft, the final approach segment shall be flown visually or in accordance with the published approach procedures.

CAT.OP.MPA.135 Routes and areas of operation — general

a) The operator shall ensure that operations are only conducted along routes, or within areas, for which:
1. space-based facilities, ground facilities and services, including meteorological services, adequate for the planned operation are provided
2. the performance of the aircraft is adequate to comply with minimum flight altitude requirements
3. the equipment of the aircraft meets the minimum requirements for the planned operation; and
4. appropriate maps and charts are available.

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