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I see EASA FCL.008 have a workshop re: proposed NPA on IR/IMC etc scheduled for Sep 30th in Cologne - hopefully, Martin or a suitable rep will be attending this workshop to debate the finer points etc?
http://easa.europa.eu/events/events.php ... _in_IMC%22
The intention is that AOPA (UK) will certainly attend this 'workshop'!
Quite why they need it so close to the NPA publication date is a bit of a mystery though. Perhaps they will try to tell us that we won't need the UK IMCR if the 'French IR' goes ahead?
Which, of course, is bolleaux. A 40 hr course is never going to be an acceptable alternative to a 15 hr course - unless you're very wealthy and really want to fly airways or to a 200ft DH...
AOPA (UK) has its stated position and will judge the NPA accordingly - as we've promised our members.
Thanks, thought you would have it covered, they will probably present the French IR as their own idea for a new EASA IR with reduced exams. The 'en-route' IR proposal I would be surprised to see being taken seriously, but they probably can't back down now and this will be presented as the new 'IR lite', take it or leave it and if we're lucky, the IMC will be grandfathered for those of us who currently have one - new IMC's for use in CAA land I think will require a great deal of fighting ahead...
I think the idea is that organisations like AOPA should ensure that the IR shouldn't be made for the "very wealthy"
A measure of success is if the average joe has access to equipped aircraft that is appropriately (ie. not over-) regulated, as well as having the proper mechanisms in place to check AVGAS and airport charges and taxes don't spiral out of control.
Then your 40 hour course becomes a much less financially significant addition to your 15 hour course when weighed up against one's income.
I also don't think your average FAA-IR pilot living and working in the US falls under the "very wealthy" bracket either.
All that said, I look forward to the IMCR being preserved for the UK as well as the roll-out of the new IR.
Thanks very much nickwilcock.
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