Launch of the "Be Ready - Fly Safely Campaign" EASA/IAOPA EU
As the days get longer and the weather improves we look hopefully to the start of the General Aviation flying season. EASA has joined forces with National Authorities across Europe as well as associations and clubs to launch the "Be Ready - Fly Safely Campaign" as a community initiative to help pilots, mechanics, flying club managers and everyone else interested in GA talk about how we can prepare for the months ahead and continue positive discussions to improve safety.
There will be a range of session during the course of the 2 weeks covering different stakeholder groups. Join the sessions and discussions. We also encourage you to host your own local events during the campaign period, especially over the weekend 18-20 March - we will be developing translated material in various languages to support local events.
NEWS ABOUT FAA / EASA LICENSES AND RATINGS
As of June 20, 2022, flying an N-aircraft will always require an EU license in addition to the FAA certificate if you are an EU resident. This is regardless of whether or not commercial activities are performed.
As of May 18, 2021, the new agreement between the United States and the European Union comes into force, which regulates the conversion of each other's (PPL) licenses (PPL/SEP/MEP, IR and night rating).
Currently, it already applies that performing commercial activities on an N-aircraft in Europe by an FAA certified commercial pilot (FAA-CPL), who is resident in Europe and/or flies for a business based in Europe, is only possible if this pilot also holds a commercial EU license (PART FCL CPL).
For non-commercial operations, until now, an exception is made by most European countries (not all!), ie. flying an N-plane in Europe is allowed on only an FAA certificate, provided it is not a commercial operation.
As of June 20, 2022, the above exception for non-commercial flights on an N-plane will expire. As of that date, anyone residing/based in Europe must hold both an FAA certificate and an EU license to fly on a U.S. registered aircraft in Europe. But even with a delay until June 2022 that still sounds far away, but watch out, time flies too!
It has always been possible and will always be possible to get a discount on training for EU licences and ratings based on an ICAO licence from a non-European country. But the new agreement between America and Europe further recognizes each other's training. As a result, more discounts on EU training can be obtained if one already holds an FAA certificate. Conversely, from that date onwards, discounts can also be obtained on FAA training based on an EU licence.
So " higher" than a PPL(A) SEP you cannot get. This is already the case in the current EU regulations.
What is new is that based on your FAA MEP(A), IR(A)/SEP/MEP and/or "Night qualification", you can now get a discount on the relevant EU privileges.
IAOPA had hoped that the agreement would also apply in some way to CPL and ATPL training, but unfortunately we will have to wait a while for that.
AOPA Germany organizes online workshops, accessible to all European AOPA members
Online workshop for creating a maintenance program. Febr. 13th 2022
Part ML allows owners of aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of up to 2,730 kg to declare a maintenance program on their own responsibility, and to assume responsibility for deviations from the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions. An individual maintenance program is created in this online workshop designed together under the direction of Malte Höltken (Aufwind) and implemented the specifications from Part-ML.
The event will take place online from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Questions during the creation can be asked directly. More info here
AOPA online workshop on the structure of the maintenance file on February 16th, 2022
Part ML allows owners of aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of up to 2,730 kg to declare a maintenance program on their own responsibility, and to assume responsibility for deviations from the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions. An individual maintenance program is created in this online workshop designed together under the direction of Malte Höltken (Aufwind) and implemented the specifications from Part-ML. More info here
Online seminar: Introduction to European aircraft maintenance for pilots and owners on March 12th, 2022
Although a pilot and aircraft owner may release certain maintenance tasks under European maintenance law via pilot-owner maintenance, the maintenance of aircraft is neither part of the LAPL, nor PPL syllabus. The aircraft owner has to find his way through the jungle of European maintenance regulations independently and gather his information.
The seminar “Introduction to European aircraft maintenance for pilots and owners” introduces you to the basics of European maintenance law. More info here
All workshops are in cooperation with Aufwind
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