EASA Rule Would Marginalize Homebuilts, Classics

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European homebuilders and classic aircraft groups are mounting opposition to a rule proposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency that would invalidate flying hours on so-called Annex II aircraft from counting toward EASA ratings and even renewal of existing licenses. The proposed rule would affect thousands of pilots in Europe, according to Pilot Magazine. In France and the U.K. alone, almost 6,000 Annex II aircraft are flying and 2,500 more are under construction. Hundreds are used by flying clubs for basic and advanced training and most countries allow even advanced ratings to be obtained on classics and homebuilts.

James Tannock, of the European Federation of Light, Experimental and Vintage Aircraft, said the EASA initiative is driven by its legal department. “The basis of this move is apparently a legal opinion that Annex II aircraft are not suitable because they are not regulated by EASA,” Tannock said in a statement quoted by Pilot. “EFLEVA’s view is that this move would be seriously damaging to European GA, with no benefits apart from the satisfaction of a few lawyers.” Civil aviation regulators in the U.K., France and Scandinavia are reportedly preparing formal opposition to the proposed rule and if three countries oppose an initiative, EASA has to reconsider the idea.

Comments (3)

Seems to me that if a given license/rating is required to *fly* the airplane in question, then the time spent flying it should count.

Posted by: Robert Gatlin-Martin | February 24, 2018 3:27 PM    Report this comment

Isn't this why Brexit happened? Too many lawyers and bureaucrats in the EU, and too little common sense?

Posted by: ROBERT JOHNSON | February 26, 2018 1:45 PM    Report this comment

What Robert Gatlin-Martin said.

And what Robert Johnson said.

Posted by: Thomas Boyle | February 27, 2018 12:35 PM    Report this comment

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