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Thursday, March 20, 2014

EC Streamlines GA Pilot Licensing

Woodrow Bellamy III 

The European Commission (EC) has issued a major update to the European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) requirements for General Aviation (GA) pilot licensing.

Under the new rule, GA pilots have a new framework for achieving the competency-based instrument ratings and the en-route instrument rating, establishing a more proportional path for instrument flight operations for GA pilots, according to the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA).

The new regulation also provides an extension for the opt-out period for third-country license holders, allowing a more simple transition for European pilot license holders.

“This regulation is a concrete example of the start of a new approach to regulating GA in a more appropriate manner encompassed in the ‘GA Safety Strategy.’ The strategy is focused on more proportionate, risk-based rules for the European GA community in the areas of licensing and operations, and supports the restructuring of how aircraft design is done," said Jens Hennig, vice president of operations at GAMA.

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