The transition timetable to allow existing private pilot
Registered Training Facilities to transfer to the new Declared Training
Organisation (DTO) category, which allows much simpler oversight, has been
announced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Subject to final approval by the European Commission, the process
will run from 8 April 2018 to 8 April 2019 and is part of EASA’s GA roadmap to
make regulation of the sector more proportionate.
If a school only offers training for private flying qualifications
then the DTO category cuts down the requirements and uses a much simpler
oversight regime, plus the possibility for a school to declare its activities
meet the set standards rather than have to obtain a full approval.
Tony Rapson, Head of the CAA’s GA Unit,
said: “We believe the move to Declared Training Organisations is a sensible
and proportionate one. It means that we’ll have realistic levels of safety
oversight while avoiding the need for many training schools to have to comply
with the more complex and costly requirements of an Approved Training Organisation.”
More detail of the transition process to DTOs, including a
consultation on the CAA charges for oversight of the organisations, will be
published as a formal CAA consultation later this month.
Declaration and training syllabus forms plus detailed guidance
material on how to establish and operate as a DTO will be published in early
2018 on this website.
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