A TCO is an authorization issued by EASA to any third-country operator wishing to perform commercial air transport in any of the following European countries:
- 28 EU Member States
- Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
Plus the following territories:
- Gibraltar, Aland Islands, Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion, Saint-Martin, Mayotte
Applications are made directly to EASA using their application form.
You will need to provide the following documentation:
- Operating Specifications
Contact details for applications are made to:
European Aviation Safety Agency
Applications Handling Department
Postfach 10 12 53
Fax: +49 (0)221 89990 ext. 4461
Should EASA deem the application in order the operating authorization process is completed in approximately 30 days. Some flights can avoid this requirement, such as Air Ambulance or Humanitarian flights.
- Overflights of the above states do not require a TCO permit.
- EU member states cannot issue a permit for their country if the operator does not already hold a TCO operating authorization.
If you plan to operate to these areas, we’d suggest getting your TCO right away, even if you don’t have a planned flight at the moment. They can take some time to obtain.
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