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IAOPA to quiz Goudou

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Welcome to the June 2011 enews of IAOPA Europe, which goes out to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent

IAOPA to quiz Goudou
EASA Executive Director Patrick Goudou will be present at the EASA Advisory Board meeting on June 8th, where he will face questions from IAOPA Europe on FCL issues, and in particular how EASA is going to communicate what it is doing its bilateral discussions on licensing with the FAA.
Martin Robinson says: “I think EASA has a duty to consult with industry on the content of the annexe, and we would welcome a more open dialogue on this issue.”

Can EASA ‘partnership’ change the rules?

EASA’s recently-formed Part-FCL Partnership Group met for the second time last week, with Nick Wilcock of AOPA UK is IAOPA’s representative. The FCL-PG meets twice a year for a two-day conference in Cologne and has the following stated objectives:
To reach a common understanding of the European system for pilot licensing;
To provide information regarding possible gaps in Part-FCL discovered during the preparation of implementation, thus providing input to rulemaking activities in the field of FCL;
To exchange mutual information on implementation issues to support the transition process;
To develop a common understanding of the new rules with the help of EASA where interpretation of rules is needed;
To exchange information and to discuss alternative means of compliance for the common understanding of how they are to be implemented;
To provide input to the respective Advisory Group of National Authorities and Safety Standards Consultative Committee members (by way of the meeting results) for their task of prioritisation of rulemaking tasks, thus contributing to a strategic view on further improving Part-FCL;
Originally, there was an additional objective:
To support EASA activities in the respective NAAs and Organisations/Associations.
However, at Nick Wilcock’s insistence this has been amended, as it could well have conflicted with IAOPA’s political lobbying rights. It now reads:
To provide an EASA forum for NAAs and Organisations/Associations.
The next meeting will be in November; if you have FCL issues you wish to raise, please forward them to Martin Robinson no later than October 15th. 
For the FCL-PG to have any worthwhile purpose, it is vital that EASA heeds our concerns and produces a methodology which enables swift regulatory amendment to be achieved. Currently there appears to be no such methodology available, and EASA rulemakers have shown scant interest in amending unsatisfactory legislative proposals.

IAOPA to quiz Goudou

Welcome to the June 2011 enews of IAOPA Europe

Welcome to the June 2011 enews of IAOPA Europe, which goes out to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent  
 EU committee gives qualified nod to EASA-FCL
The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has expressed reservations about EASA’s FCL proposals but will not stand in their way, pending a further debate when all the proposals have been translated into all European languages. At a debate on May 25th MEPs were given sometimes-incomplete answers – the European Commission’s representative claimed there were ‘safety concerns’ over FAA licences – and the Chairman of the Transport Committee, Brian Simpson MEP, said that the issue was America’s refusal to accept European licences. “Is this a case of America dictating to us?” he asked. “If the US won’t recognise ours, why should we recognise theirs?”
Some MEPs made very good cases on behalf of European pilots, notably the British Conservative MEPs Jackie Foster and Philip Bradbourn and the Austrian Green MEP Eva Lichtenberger. Ms Foster said that from a UK perspective, there had been a mutual recognition of FAA licences down the years and it wasn’t a big issue. “Clearly the UK was okay with FAA-trained pilots and there were no safety issues,” she said. Even though the deadline had been extended to 2014, 
Philip Bradbourn added: “This EASA decision threatens a long-standing status quo. It is a solution without a problem. The domicile of the pilot is irrelevant.” There was no reason to change the system, he said. “Is there any evidence that FAA licences are unsafe? Cost is a real issue. If pilots have to convert – it’s estimated that some 68,000 pilots will be affected, and that’s a very conservative number – the cost of retraining will be £125 million.” The solution was quite simple, he added – in July the European Parliament should reject EASA-FCL until a firm bilateral agreement was found.
They received support from Ms Lichtenberger, who asked: “Are European pilot tests so outdated now that we are requiring unnecessary things from our European pilots? Is there also an element of age discrimination concerning medicals?”
But Brian Simpson said the European Parliament had passed the Basic Regulation with the European-licensing element included and could not now say it didn’t want it. (The Basic Regulation was outline law written by the EC, on which EASA was then expected to put flesh.) “The solution seems to be mutual recognition of pilot licences,” he said. “The issue seems to be the US not accepting EU licences.”
For the EC, aviation policy director Matthew Baldwin said he believed the FAA licence issue was among those that had been ‘satisfactorily resolved’. The EC had a ‘clear mandate’ from the Basic Regulation for the licensing of pilots residing in the EU. They were trying to settle this through an annexe to a Bilateral Agreement with the United States. He added: “In certain respects, we believe some of the US licences may need to comply with additional EU requirements for safety reasons.”
IAOPA Senior Vice President Martin Robinson says: “While this issue was certainly in the Basic Regulation, that did not give EASA carte blanche to hang any baggage in pleased on it. The idea of genuine mutual acceptance of licenses and ratings being enshrined in an annexe to the BASA is, at best, a very long-term expedient. Mr Baldwin’s raising of safety concerns demands and explanation. Thousands of FAA licence holders fly in Europe every day, and have done for decades. On what is the claim of ‘safety concerns’ based?
The Committee is now waiting for the full translations before making a decision. The final proposals are expected to be published in November.

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