FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

How will the new rules affect Registered Facilities (PPL training)?

There is no provision for Registered Facilities (for PPL training) in the new European regulations. Under the new rules all training for the grant of all Part-FCL licences and ratings must be provided by an Approved Training Organisation. This will include training for glider and balloon licences. The Part-ORA sections of the “Aircrew Regulation” define a set of requirements for all ATOs, and then additional requirements to be complied with by organisations providing training for commercial licences, type ratings, etc.

Under the EU regulations, training organisations and Registered Facilities that have their principal place of business in an EASA Member State must apply to (or have their approval transferred to) the National Aviation Authority of that State. Any school that has its principal place of business outside the EU will have its approval issued and administered by EASA.

The EU regulations include a transition period in that Registered Facilities that are registered before the implementation of Part-ORA may continue training for the PPL under their existing arrangements up to 8th April 2015. For Registered Facilities with their Principal Place of Business within the UK, the implementation date of Part-ORA is 17th September 2012. For Registered Facilities registered to a Member State but having the Principal Place of Business outside the EU, the implementation date of Part-ORA is 8th April 2012. Any new training facility set up after these dates must become an Approved Training Organisation before commencing any training.

Any flying training school that is located outside the EU was transferred to EASA’s oversight in April 2012. These schools should obtain advice from EASA concerning transition arrangements.


Licensing and Training Standards

  1. What is meant by an EASA aircraft and a non-EASA aircraft?
  2. In which countries will the new European rules apply?
  3. What is meant by: a JAA or JAR-FCL licence; a United Kingdom licence; a UK National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL) and a “national licence”?
  4. What is an EASA licence and what kinds of EASA licence are there?
  5. Which country can I apply to for an EASA licence?
  6. What kinds of Medical certificate are used now, and what will there be after implementation of the European rules?
  7. I have a UK-issued JAA licence, how will the changes affect me?
  8. I have a UK ATPL / CPL (pre-JAA), how will the changes affect me?
  9. I have a UK PPL (pre-JAA), how will the changes affect me?
  10. I have a CAA-issued JAA licence that is marked “Valid for UK registered aircraft”, how will the changes affect me?
  11. I have a Basic Commercial Pilot’s Licence (BCPL(A)), how will the changes affect me?
  12. Do I have to convert my non-JAA licence into a JAA licence before I can get an EASA licence?
  13. I have a UK licence with a calendar life, what will happen when it expires?
  14. What will happen about the medical restrictions on my licence?
  15. I have a PPL for gyroplanes, how will the changes affect me?
  16. I have an NPPL, how will the changes affect me?
  17. I have a PPL(A) with a Group D rating / PPL(M) for microlights - how will the changes affect me?
  18. I fly gliders, how will the changes affect me?
  19. I fly balloons, how will the changes affect me?
  20. I have licences from more than one European country, what happens about that?
  21. What happens to the ratings that I have on my licence?
  22. I have an instructor rating, how will the changes affect me?
  23. I have an examiner authorisation, how will the changes affect me?
  24. When can I get an EASA licence?
  25. What is going to happen about the IMC rating?
  26. I have a licence issued by a non-EASA country (e.g. USA), how will the changes affect me?
  27. I have previously passed ATPL / CPL theoretical knowledge examinations, but I have not obtained the licence yet, how will the changes affect me?
  28. What will happen about radio licences (FRTOL)?
  29. What is happening about gaining credit for military flying against the requirements for obtaining an EASA licence?
  30. How will licences and ratings be kept valid?
  31. How will the new rules affect Registered Facilities (PPL training)?
  32. How will the new rules affect Flight Training Organisations and Type Rating Training Organisations?
  33. What will be the effect of the introduction of the aerobatic rating?
  34. What will be the effect of the introduction of the Flight Test rating?
  35. What will be the effect of the introduction of the towing rating?
  36. What will be the effect of the introduction of the mountain rating?
  37. What will be the charging scheme for EASA licences and training organisations?
  38. How will knowledge of Part-FCL and Part-OPS be demonstrated for licence validation/conversion?
  39. Crediting of flying hours to comply with the requirements for recency and revalidation
    by experience.
  40. What further information will be provided?