Specialised operations (SPO) refer to any operation other than commercial air transport that involves the use of an aircraft for specialised activities such as:
For additional examples of specialised activities, see GM1 SPO.GEN.005 of Annex VIII of Regulation (EU) No 965/2012.
SPO aircraft operators:
must file a declaration with the Directorate of Civil Aviation (Direction de l'Aviation Civile – DAC) regarding their activities. This declaration is required to set up and continue the oversight programme that is required for SPO operators.
The term complex motor-powered aircraft is defined in Article 3 of Regulation (EC) 2018/1139. This applies to:
The operators concerned must:
The declaration must be filed:
In accordance with the Grand Ducal Regulation of 19 November 2019, operators must pay an annual fee of EUR 1,000 for ongoing oversight per type of aircraft used in specialised operations.
The duly completed and signed declaration must be sent by email to the DAC at email@example.com before the operations begin.
The declaration must be filed using the official declaration form.
All of the following information must be included in the declaration:
SPO operators participating in specialised operations must provide the DAC with:
For aircraft used for commercial specialised operations, operators must be able to present an airworthiness certificate, which means that the aircraft must be registered in an EU Member State. If this is not the case, the aircraft may remain on a third-country register if it is subject to a lease contract with or without crew. Please note that operators of an aircraft registered in a third country must still satisfy certain conditions as outlined in requirement ORO.SPO.100 of Annex III of Regulation (EU) No 965/2012.
On receiving a declaration, the DAC will ensure that it contains all the information required under Part ORO of Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 and will send the applicant a confirmation of receipt of the declaration within 10 working days.
If the declaration does not contain the required information, or contains information that reveals non-compliance with the applicable requirements, the DAC will inform the applicant of the non-compliance and request additional information, and will carry out an inspection if it deems it necessary to do so. If the non-compliance is confirmed, the DAC may:
The declaration will remain valid as long as the operator has not notified the DAC that it has discontinued its activities.
SPO operators must continue to comply with the applicable requirements and the information provided in the declaration. Where applicable, they must, as soon as possible, also provide the DAC with:
In the event of a change, operators must file an amended declaration with the DAC as soon as possible using the required form.
There is no obligation to register aircraft that are used for non-commercial specialised operations.