A new regulation harmonises qualifications for aircraft pilots

The European Commission published a regulation harmonising qualification and medical requirements for pilots. The new EU-wide licences seek to make flying safer. The rules will be applicable from 8 April 2012 and, according to the Commission, will contribute to a simpler, more cost-effective and efficient framework to obtain both commercial and non-commercial pilot licenses.

The new regulation published by the Commission regarding the harmonisation of qualification and medical requirements for pilots, will enable pilots holding a licence issued in one Member State to fly throughout the European Union without needing to fulfil any additional technical or medical requirements. The rules are based on international aviation safety standards set out in the Chicago Convention.

An opinion delivered by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and after extensive consultations with all stakeholders were the basis for the adoption of the proposal by the Commission. This proposal has also received positive backing from the Member States and the European Parliament. On the proposal, the following new approaches have been included: New light aircraft pilot licences and related medical requirements are introduced, making it easier to engage in flying activities while ensuring a high level of safety; The creation of the first set of harmonised rules covering licenses for sailplanes, hot air balloons, airships and powered-lift aircrafts; Medical fitness of cabin crew is harmonised at EU level, improving existing EU rules.

Furthermore, the rules will also bring about common requirements for pilots’ examiners, instructors and aeromedical examiners, allowing them to fully benefit from the internal market. This legislative measure will soon be complemented with EU-wide requirements for aviation authorities, pilot training organisations, aeromedical centres and simulators that will further contribute to simplifying rules for the aviation sector.
source: EBAA