Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 SERA : Standardised European Rules of the Air
Revision from March
SECTION 2 Applicability and compliance
SERA.2001 Subject - Regulation (EU) 2016/1185
Without prejudice to SERA.1001 above, this annex addresses, in accordance with Article 1, in
particular airspace users and aircraft:
- operating into, within or out of the Union;
- bearing the nationality and registration marks of a Member State of the Union, and operating
in any airspace to the extent that they do not conflict with the rules published by the
State having jurisdiction over the territory overflown.
This annex addresses also the actions of the Competent Authorities of the Member States, Air
Navigation Service Providers (ANSP), aerodrome operators and the relevant ground personnel
engaged in aircraft operations.
SERA.2005 Compliance with the rules of the air - Regulation (EU) 923/2012
The operation of an aircraft either in flight, on the movement area of an aerodrome or at an
operating site shall be in compliance with the general rules, the applicable local provisions
and, in addition, when in flight, either with:
- the visual flight rules; or
- the instrument flight rules.
GM1 SERA.2005 Compliance with the rules of the air - ED Decision
APPLICABLE LOCAL PROVISIONS
Applicable local provisions include local aerodrome regulations that are published in the
relevant Aeronautical Information Publications (AIPs).
Such local aerodrome regulations may contain requirements for the operation of the aircraft
transponder on the movement area of an aerodrome with the intent to ensure provision of
surveillance data to the air traffic services unit providing services at the aerodrome, as
well as other aerodrome units (e.g. apron management services).
GM1 SERA.2005(b) Compliance with the rules of the air - ED Decision
When determining whether to operate in accordance with the visual flight rules or the
instrument flight rules, a pilot may elect to fly in accordance with instrument flight rules
in visual meteorological conditions, or may be required to do so by the competent
SERA.2010 Responsibilities - Regulation (EU) No 923/2012
- Responsibility of the pilot-in-command
The pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall, whether manipulating the controls or not, be
responsible for the operation of the aircraft in accordance with this Regulation, except
that the pilot-in-command may depart from these rules in circumstances that render such
departure absolutely necessary in the interests of safety.
- Pre-flight action
Before beginning a flight, the pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall become familiar with
all available information appropriate to the intended operation. Pre-flight action for
flights away from the vicinity of an aerodrome, and for all IFR flights, shall include a
careful study of available current weather reports and forecasts, taking into consideration
fuel requirements and an alternative course of action if the flight cannot be completed as
SERA.2015 Authority of pilot-in-command of an aircraft - Regulation (EU) No
The pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall have final authority as to the disposition of the
aircraft while in command.
SERA.2020 Problematic use of psychoactive substances - Regulation (EU) No
No person whose function is critical to the safety of aviation (safety-sensitive personnel) shall
undertake that function while under the influence of any psychoactive substance, by reason of
which human performance is impaired. No such person shall engage in any kind of problematic use