EASA Approves Simpler GA Training Rules

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Flight schools in Europe that focus on training private pilots now can operate under simplified rules released by the European Aviation Safety Agency last week. The new rules create two types of flight schools—Declared Training Organizations, or DTOs, which can train private pilots, and Approved Training Organizations, which focus on training professional pilots. DTOs now need to provide authorities with a document outlining the training programs they will provide, and then can immediately begin to do so, with no need to undergo a certification process. The flight schools can begin the process as early as next month, and are required to declare their intentions by next April.

The previous rules required all applicants who wanted to operate a flight school to undergo a comprehensive certification process, during which detailed compliance with all applicable requirements needed to be demonstrated to the regulator. Applicants also needed to develop and present a series of documents, including an operations manual and training manuals for each course, and had to set up a management system, including safety management and compliance-monitoring functions, before they could provide any sort of flight training. EASA recognized that most of the demands were justified when dealing with schools that train professional pilots, but listened to the call from the GA community to make the process simpler for those who wish to fly for personal reasons.

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EASA "listened to the call from the GA community to make the process simpler ... !" Have I entered some sort of time warp or am I having a dream or hallucinating? There HAS to be a mistake here.

It's about time that Regulatory bureaucracies started realizing that there's a major difference between recreational pilots and pilots who are moving up the food chain into commercial aviation. We can only hope that someone with a modicum of common sense at the FAA takes note and DOES something in the US, as well. They could start by immediately adopting the tenets of the FAR Part 23 rewrite document that recommended establishment of the Primary Non Commercial category of airworthiness for certificated airplanes used solely for recreational purposes. The ARC document has an appendix which provides all the necessary FAR updates ... all they have to do is put them into action.

Oh well ... time for me to awake from my dream and face reality ...

Posted by: Larry Stencel | August 21, 2018 2:19 AM    Report this comment

Larry, I think EASA has been driving a much different course over the last half decade, mainly in realizing that in order to regulate an industry, that very industry must be sustained and fostered. I would hate to come across biased in my hapless attempts to feature some of the European developments with my fellow American aviators on AVweb.com, but if there was a contest between agencies to work with in terms of airmen certifications/ licensing or aircraft certification standards, EASA would win, hands down. You are definitely not alone in your feeling of hallucinating.

Posted by: Jason Baker | August 21, 2018 9:45 AM    Report this comment

JaBa, "In order to regulate an industry, that very industry must be sustained and fostered." EXACTLY !! It won't be long before there's as many active pilots as FAA personnel if they ain't careful. Between overregulation, aging of pilots with insufficient numbers coming up to replace them and ambulance chasing lawyers driving prices to nosebleed levels, the outlook isn't rosy.

I DID (and have) take note that EASA is leading FAA on numerous issues ... to their credit. Good for them.

Would the last US pilot to put his airplane in the hangar please remember to turn out the lights!

Posted by: Larry Stencel | August 21, 2018 10:17 AM    Report this comment

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