The United Kingdom’s (UK) Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016 that forms the legal basis for almost all areas of civil aviation regulated at national level took effect on August 25, 2016. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority says it undertook a joint review of the ANO 2009 with the Department for Transport - leading to the most ambitious reorganisation of the Order since 1989.

The 2016 ANO provides the foundation for a simpler and more proportionate approach to the regulation of many General Aviation (GA) activities that fall under UK national (not European) regulation. The structure has been substantially changed to help pilots (and others involved in the operation of non-EASA aircraft) find the information that they need more easily.

“Following a significant level of consultation and review the Air Navigation Order 2016 puts in place the legal basis to help simplify the GA regulatory framework,” according to Tony Rapson - Head of General Aviation Unit, Civil Aviation Authority. It formalises many of the changes we have already made since we took up the government's Red Tape Challenge and will help make the rules easier to understand.”

Scope, applicability and key definitions are now set out at the front. Derogations, or exceptions as they are known in UK law, that apply to a number of GA activities have also been moved close to the front. Some terms have also been changed to match those used by EASA and help make rules clearer to understand, while sections of the Order have been organised to follow regulatory functions, like airworthiness, operations and licensing.

More information about the contents and restructure of the ANO 2016, as well as the ANO 2016 document is available at