June 5, 2015
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published a consolidated version of its regulations governing aircrews, as well as a quick reference guide for flightcrew licenses and ratings.
The consolidation document includes conditions for issuing, maintaining, amending, limiting, suspending or revoking licenses; the privileges and responsibilities of the holders of licenses; different medical certificates for pilots; certification of aero-medical examiners, as well as the conditions under which general medical practitioners may act as aero-medical examiners; periodic aero-medical assessment of cabin crew; and requirements for the certification of flight simulation training devices and for organizations operating those devices.
Some of the EASA regulatory deadlines include:
- Part-FCL Annex I training commenced prior to the application of this regulation in accordance with the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) requirements and procedures will receive full credit, provided that the training and testing are completed by April 8, 2016.
- Type-rating training courses approved before the approval of the minimum syllabus for the relevant type of aircraft will include the mandatory training elements not later than Dec. 18, 2017 (or within two years after the operational suitability data was approved).
- Member states should replace flight simulation training device certificates with certificates complying with the format in Annex VI by April 8, 2017.
- Pilots’ medical certificates and aero-medical examiners’ certificates must be replaced with certificates complying with the new format in Part-ARA by April 8, 2017.
The reference guide is intended to assist licensing officers working for authorities and those working in approved training organisations as instructors or examiners. It covers requirements for light aircraft, private, commercial, multiengine, airline transport, and other similar pilot licenses, including areas such as theoretical knowledge, language proficiency, skills tests, training courses, flight time credit, and curtailment of privileges.
There are also overviews of requirements for flight instructors, type-rating instructors, class-rating instructors, synthetic flight instructors and mountain-rating instructors.