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18th June 2020 - A new Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) 91-2 has been published. The purpose of this Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) is to present to applicants guidance for obtaining approval for Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) specifications. This approval will permit 2-REG Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holders, ANL Section 77 (POC) holders and GAR 91 (Private) operators to conduct operations in airspace where a navigation specification for Performance-Based Navigation is prescribed, subject to the applicable requirements of the approval. The aircraft must be equipped with navigation equipment in accordance with the PBN navigation specification and flight crews provided with appropriate training. This GAC outlines the DCA/ 2-REG procedures for providing authorisation where a PBN navigation specification is prescribed.


12th June 2020 -  A new Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) 39-3 has been published. This GAC provides acceptable means of compliance regarding aircraft On Condition (O/C) maintenance for piston engine aeroplanes below 5700 kg and piston engine rotorcraft below 3175 kg. The content of the O/C Maintenance Programme substitutes specific instructions from the Design Approval Holder, as indicated in the O/C programme; all other instructions should be complied with. This GAC provides means to establish compliance with GAR Part 39, paragraph 39.61[j].


12th June 2020 - GAR 39 issue 6 has been published. Addition of paragraph 39.61(j) AMP additional or alternative instructions. 


11th June 2020 - A new Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) 66-2 has been published. The information contained within this GAC is provided to assist with the understanding of the requirements for the validation of an aircraft maintenance licence and the process that is to be followed to obtain a Certificate of Validation. Furthermore, this GAC specifies the requirements for the "GAR 43 authorisation" and the process that is to be followed to obtain such an authorisation.


11th June 2020 - A new Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) 39-2 has been published. The objective of this GAC is to provide guidance for the development and submission for approval of an aircraft maintenance programme (AMP) including Reliability Programmes, if applicable, to the Guernsey Director of Civil Aviation.


30th May 2020 - A new Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) 91-1 has been published. The purpose of this Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) is to present to applicants guidance for obtaining approval for data link communications and surveillance operations, including Performance-Based Communication and Surveillance (PBCS).


30th May 2020- COVID-19 - Coronavirus Guidance for General Aviation Issue 2 

Effective from 00:01 Saturday 30 May 2020 

In accordance with the commencement of Phase 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown exit strategy and following further discussions with the States of Guernsey's Public Health Services' team, Guernsey Ports have updated the guidelines for general aviation which take effect from 00:01 Saturday 30 May 2020. 

The guidance below sets out the following: 

Changes to the current restrictions to allow general aviation flights and activities, subject to some remaining controls.

General Aviation aircraft owners and pilots are now permitted to operate their aircraft as follows: 

1: Recreational Flying and GA Maintenance Flights 

 All flights should continue to be arranged with a minimum of 24 hours' notice through their appointed fixed based operator or the Guernsey Aero Club. 

 All flights require prior permission with a minimum of 24 hours' notice using the published 'Prior Permission Required' (PPR) process. 

 All flights will be operated within the current published operating hours of Guernsey and Alderney Airports. Airport extensions are not available. 

 Aircraft must have a valid airworthiness certificate (CofA, Permit or Permit Flight Release Certificate) before flights can take place. (Reminder - Aircraft operated on a Permit to Fly also require an exemption from the DCA to be operated in Channel Islands Air space). 

 Aircraft owners and pilots may be accompanied by persons, subject to maintaining the appropriate social distance between individuals, as set out in the current public health guidelines. 

 Surfaces and objects that are touched regularly should be frequently cleaned and disinfected thoroughly using appropriate products and equipment on board the aircraft. 

 Pilots are no longer limited to the frequency and duration of flight although the restrictions to leave local air space remain. 

 All flights are required to take off and directly land back at their airport of origin unless an alternative flight plan has been specifically authorised. 

2: Aircraft Maintenance Ferry Flights 

Ferry flights are permitted for the purpose of aircraft maintenance subject to the following conditions: 

 All ferry flights are subject to Guernsey border control requirements and, as such, the Port Critical Worker Scheme application process must be followed. Further information is provided as follows: 

www.airport.gg/criticalworkertravel 

 All ferry flights require prior permission with a minimum of 24 hours' notice using the published 'Prior Permission Required' (PPR) process. 

3: Paragliding and Hand Gliding 

Paragliding and Hang-Gliding activities may resume in accordance with current, established arrangements and procedures. 


8th May 2020 - A new Guernsey Advisory Circular (GAC) 119-1 has been published providing aditional information on the requirements for AOC Nominated Postholder qualifications. It is valid with immediate effect


28th April 2020 - Certificates of Validation

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely affect the aviation world in many ways, one of which is with regards to flight crew maintaining the validity of their licences/ratings, as well as that of operational checks.

With regards to flight crew licences, The Director of Civil Aviation issues Certificates of Validation's for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, eligibility for which is based upon the individual pilot holding a current licence, issued in accordance with Annex 1 by another ICAO Member State.

In the current circumstances some ICAO Member States are finding it necessary to issue extensions/exemptions to their requirements in order to permit flight crew licences to remain valid.

This Notice is to remind all pilots and operators that a CoV only remains valid if the licence of the State of Issue, including its associated ratings and medical certificate, comply with the requirements of that State of Issue.

The Director of Civil Aviation has no authority to issue extensions/exemptions to these licences, only the State of Issue can do this, and Certificates of Validation become invalid if no such extensions/exemptions have been issued when required by the licence holder.

All pilots and operators are reminded to check the validity of their own licences and those of pilots acting as flight crew within their operation, regarding the State of Issue requirements, including any extensions/exemptions that have been issued.

If at any time the State of Issue licence requirements, including validity of medical certificates, are not complied with, that would render the Certificates of Validation invalid. That licence holder must not fly a Bailiwick of Guernsey or Jersey registered aircraft and The Director of Civil Aviation  must be notified of this fact by the operator.

If extensions/exemptions have been issued by the State of Issue and are being used to maintain the validity of that licence and, therefore, the Certificates of Validation, then such use must be notified to The Director of Civil Aviation by the operator for acceptance. Notification must include sending copies of the applicable exemptions/extensions being used.

 


3rd April 2020 -  2 new GSIBs have been published providing safety information on CO Contamination Minimisation & Detection in GA Aircraft and Piston Engine Low Utilisation Maintenance Practices 
 



30th March 2020 - Extension to validity of OPC, LVO, CRM / HF, SEP, CCPC, and Line Checks:

In order to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an operator's ability to utilise Flight and Cabin Crew when the normal validity of either the Operator's Proficiency Check, CRM/Human Factors, SEP, Low Visibility Operations, Cabin Crew Proficiency Check or Line Check has expired, The Director of Civil Aviation for the Bailiwick of Guernsey exempts under Section 131 of the Air Navigation (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2012, the requirements of GAR 121/135.950, GAR 121/135.980(c), GAR 121/135.985(c), GAR 121/135.1115(a), GAR 121/135.1120(a),  GAR 121/135.1125(a), GAR 121/135.1130(a), GAR 121/135.1155 (a), and Appendix I to SPA.015.LVO as relating to validity periods as follows:-

OPC:               Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020

Line Check:    Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020

LVO:               Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020

CRM/HF:        Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020

SEP:                Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020

CCPC:             Expiry prior to 31 October 2020, extension to 31 October 2020


Operators seeking to exercise this exemption are to make a request to their 2-REG Flight Operations Inspector, giving 14 days' notice, and submit their revised Operations Manual Part D, or applicable Crew Notice, along with a risk assessment in accordance with their Safety Management System procedures.  The use of alternative training methods for those Flight and Cabin Crew exercising these exemptions should be incorporated to provide mitigation against the increased validity period. It is expected that some retraining of the Flight crew will be required before the next OPC or Line Check is conducted.

This exemption remains in force until 31 October 2020.


26th March 2020- The Office of the DCA is acutely aware of the current Covid -19 uncertainty and concern for our industry and travellers in the Bailiwicks.  We are constantly reviewing international best practice, and in accordance with our States guidance, all of us are working from home to continue operations as normal.  Everyone remains in contact via email or mobile phone and available to support your ongoing business.  Communications are open 24 hours. All contact details are in the contact icon on our website.

We understand that during the next few months, we will need to be flexible in our regulatory approach in order to support you. We will work as closely as possible with you during this challenging time to ensure that the safety of our airspace and the security of our airfields are maintained.


17th February 2020 - New issue of GAR 91,125 and GAR 91,125 and 135 have been published under the Guernsey Aircraft Registry tile on the home page and become effective on 17 April 2020

17th February 2020 - Guernsey aviation legislation, Guernsey Aviation Requirements (GARs), Guernsey Advisory Circulars (GACs) and Guernsey Information Safety Bulletins (GSIBs), can now be found under the Guernsey Aircraft Registry tile.

17th February 2020 - Jersey aviation legislation can now be found under the Jersey Aircraft Registry tile and is subject to ongoing population as more information is published.


14th February 2019 - Charges for the issue of Foreign Carrier Permits became active in Guernsey on the 14th February 2019. Charges for Jersey became active on the 6th March 2019.


 

 

 

Latest News - Jersey Aircraft Registry

 

 (COVID-19 Restrictions) 

GENERAL AVIATION FLIGHTS 

Issue 6 - With effect from Monday 15thJune 2020 

This document has been reviewed and updated to reflect the Government of Jersey Safe Exit Framework (Stage 2) and changes related to the widening of airport operating hours which come into effect on Monday 15th June. 

From Monday 15th June - Jersey Airport Opening Hours 0600-1800 UTC daily. 

Cross country navigation exercises wholly within Channel Island Airspace are permissible and, subject to approval from the appropriate Air Traffic Control unit, Instrument and Visual training approaches may take place at any Channel Island airfield. 

Training approaches at other channel island airfields may also now include Touch and Go! 

There has been no further relaxation of the border controls between the Channel Islands. 

Emergency and precautionary diversions are permissible and provided those on board remain airside with the aircraft, island border controls are unlikely to be imposed. 

Pilots are encouraged to have a rescue plan in place in the event of a diversion away from the aircraft's home base. 

Please note, at the time of publication: The occupants of a Jersey aircraft having to divert to Guernsey/Alderney without a suitable repatriation plan will be required to Self-Isolate for the mandatory 14 days at their own expense. 

Ferry Flights. 
Ferry flights remain subject to the Government border control requirements and as such Pre-Travel Authorisation and Prior Permission Required (PPR) is required for these flights. (Pilots will be subject to whatever Government Restrictions are in place on return to the island. i.e. 14-day self - isolation etc.) Pilots should refer to current NOTAM procedures for PPR. 

General Aviation Flying

Criteria for the conduct of General Aviation Flights at Jersey: 

a) Pilots must ensure that they continue to follow Government guidelines in relation to the carriage of additional persons in the Aircraft during these flights. Within theGovernment of Jersey Safe Exit Framework (Stage 2)there may be scope for a resumption of duel instructional flying. Interested parties are advised to review published guidelines and approach Government directly for appropriate advice and approval. 

b) Aircraft must have a valid airworthiness certificate (CofA, Permit or Permit Flight Release Certificate) before flights can take place. (Reminder - Aircraft operated on a Permit to Fly require an exemption from the DCA to be operated in Channel Island Airspace). 

c) At all times, the measures outlined by the Government of Jersey to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, such as social/physical distancing, personal hygiene remain applicable, and persons undertaking flights, must observe these. 

d) Local flights are not subject to the current formal Pre-Travel Authorisation and PPR requirements; however; all flights must be booked out with the ATC Supervisor (Tel. 446086) with at least 1hrs notice. 

Airfield Access: 

Access to the airfield is limited to promulgated aerodrome opening times. 

Following the closure of the Jersey Aero Club and the widening of the Airport Operating Hours alternative arrangements have now been put in place to permit access/egress from the Aero Club Grass, Apron and Hangar for locally based operators as detailed below. 

Social/Physical Distancing must be practiced at all times. 

High Visibility Vest/Jacket to be worn - Photo ID should be carried. 

Airfield access points:

o JAL Hangar: Mont a la Brun 

o Eastern Apron and Stand 40: GAMA Aviation 

o Jersey Aero Club Grass, Apron and Hangar: Aero Club Building (min. 1 hrs notice) 

 

Procedure:Pilots wishing to access the Aero Club Grass, Apron and Hangar are now required to contact Ports of Jersey Limited Security Supervisor on 07797 789353 to make arrangements for access with at least 1 hrs notice. 

Engine running: 

Engine and GPU running shall only take place during promulgated Airport operating hours. 

High-Power engine running, or engine running in excess of 5 minutes which would normally involve taxiing to a remote hold requires the prior approval of the ATC Supervisor. Tel. 446086 

These procedures are subject to continuous review in accordance with ongoing Government requirements and will updated as necessary to keep all informed. 


28 April 2020 - Certificates of Validation

 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely affect the aviation world in many ways, one of which is with regards to flight crew maintaining the validity of their licences/ratings, as well as that of operational checks.

 

With regards to flight crew licences, The Director of Civil Aviation issues Certificates of Validations for the Bailiwick of Jersey, eligibility for which is based upon the individual pilot holding a current licence, issued in accordance with Annex 1 by another ICAO Member State.

In the current circumstances some ICAO Member States are finding it necessary to issue extensions/exemptions to their requirements in order to permit flight crew licences to remain valid.

This Notice is to remind all pilots and operators that a CoV only remains valid if the licence of the State of Issue, including its associated ratings and medical certificate, comply with the requirements of that State of Issue.

The Director of Civil Aviation has no authority to issue extensions/exemptions to these licences, only the State of Issue can do this, and Certificates of Validation become invalid if no such extensions/exemptions have been issued when required by the licence holder.

All pilots and operators are reminded to check the validity of their own licences and those of pilots acting as flight crew within their operation, regarding the State of Issue requirements, including any extensions/exemptions that have been issued.

If at any time the State of Issue licence requirements, including validity of medical certificates, are not complied with, that would render the Certificates of Validation invalid. That licence holder must not fly a Bailiwick of Guernsey or Jersey registered aircraft and The Director of Civil Aviation  must be notified of this fact by the operator.

If extensions/exemptions have been issued by the State of Issue and are being used to maintain the validity of that licence and, therefore, the Certificates of Validation, then such use must be notified to The Director of Civil Aviation by the operator for acceptance. Notification must include sending copies of the applicable exemptions/extensions being used.

 


7th April 2020- Exemption

Exemption from the Requirement for Rigid Outer Packaging for Biological Substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

The Director of Civil Aviation (the "DCA"), in pursuance of his functions under the Civil Aviation (Jersey) Law 2008 (the "2008 Law") and in the exercise of his powers under Article 81 of the Air Navigation (Jersey) Law 2014 (the "2014 Law"), and Part 1;1.1.3 of the Technical Instructions:

1. hereby exempts:

(i) any Jersey, Guernsey or UK shipper and agent thereof;

(ii) any agent of a Jersey, Guernsey or UK operator,

(iii) any Jersey, Guernsey or UK operator; and

(iv) Royal Mail Group Plc, Jersey Post International Limited and its subsidiaries, and Guernsey Post Ltd

from Part 1;2.3.2(b) and 2) c) of Packing Instruction 650 of the Technical Instructions;

in so far as, that rigid outer packaging is not required for test kit samples containing biological substances, Category B, UN3373,

2. In Addition, the DCA exempts any aircraft operator from the provisions of Part 1;2.3.2(b) and from 2) c) of Packing Instruction 650 of the Technical Instructions in so far as, that rigid outer packaging is not required for test kit samples containing Biological substances, Category B, UN 3373.

3. This exemption is granted subject to the following conditions:

(i) This exemption is issued to meet the urgent operational needs of a limited duration to unforeseeable circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

(ii) This exemption has effect from the date it is signed until 2 June 2020, both dates inclusive, unless previously revoked.

4. Technical Instructions" have the meaning given in the Specified Requirements made for the purposes of the 2014 Law.

Explanatory Notes:

1) Jersey law makes provision for specified requirements, directions and instructions from the DCA and these mandate that dangerous goods be carried in accordance with the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air published by ICAO (the Technical Instructions). Under that document, the carriage of dangerous goods must either comply with the specific requirements applicable to the particular dangerous goods or be carried in accordance with an exemption permitted by that document.

2) This is such an exemption, authorising the carriage of the specified dangerous goods without complying with the specific applicable requirements.

3) Dangerous Goods carried in accordance with this exemption are carried in accordance with the Technical Instructions and thus in accordance with Specified Requirements for the purposes of Jersey law.
 


20th February 2020 - Directive

The Director of Civil Aviation (the "DCA"), in pursuance both of his functions under the Civil Aviation (Jersey) Law 2008 (the "2008 Law") and his powers under the Air Navigation (Jersey) Law 2014 (the "2014 Law") (and in particular under Articles 53 (Operation of aircraft), 82 (Prohibition on carriage of dangerous goods) and 165 (Arrangements for giving effect to the Convention on International Civil Aviation) thereof) gives the following directions and instructions for the avoidance of all doubt which shall be treated as part of the "specified requirements" for the purposes of the 2014 Law:

In order to ensure that Jersey carries out arrangements as are necessary, requisite or expedient for carrying out the Convention on International Civil Aviation 1944 (the "Chicago Convention") and implementing Annexes or amendments to the Chicago Convention or made in accordance with the Chicago Convention, and to ensure safety of international air navigation in accordance with the 2008 Law, the DCA directs, instructs, and requires that regard be had to the 2019-2020 English language edition of the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, approved and published by decision of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (the "Technical Instructions") and, in particular (and without any limitation to the foregoing), hereby directs, instructs, and requires that any articles or substances that are identified in the Technical Instructions as "dangerous goods" are identified as such for the purposes of Part 12 of the 2014 Law.
 


 

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