EASA’s Flight Crew Licensing (FCL) draft rules have been voted in mid-December 2010 by the European parliament and the Commission. The new regulation is planned to enter into force as from 8 April 2012. Even if the final text is not yet public, according to our latest information most of our initial “problems” seemed to been solved or at the least improved significantly.
As regards third country license holders engaged in non-commercial operations with non-EU registered aircraft and especially FAA licensed pilots based in Europe, the new draft allows Members States to delay the application of the license conversion until 8 April 2014. It is expected that EASA and FAA will use this additional time to negotiate and sign a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) covering pilot licensing. Nevertheless, we do not expect that this bilateral agreement will allow for a complete mutual recognition without any additional requirements to convert the FAA license into an EASA license.
Regarding flight instruction provided outside the territory of the EU Member States, non-EU instructors holding a pilot licence issued by a third country have to hold also an Instructor certificate issued by an EU competent authority requiring that they hold at least an equivalent licence, rating, or certificate to the one for which they are authorised to instruct. For the synthetic flight instructors, no medical certificate is required they have only to hold or have held a CPL, MPL or ATPL in the appropriate aircraft category.
For the examinations provided outside the territory of the EU Member States, the examiner has to hold a certificate issued by a competent authority from an EU Member State requiring that he holds at least an equivalent licence, rating, or certificate to the one for which they are authorised to conduct skill tests, proficiency checks or assessments of competence.