Bald Sparrow wrote:I see a problem, after 1st July 2012, knowing what licence will be valid if flying an N reg in EU.
CAA have said in their Quick Guide that “From 1 July 2012, EU rules for licence validations will apply.......... As written, the EU legislation will apply European validation rules for private flights from 8 April 2014.”
I have to assume that what they are referring to (because I can't find anything later than this) is on the eur-lex.europa.eu website. COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1178/2011 of 3 November 2011 says "By way of derogation from paragraph 1, Member States may decide not to apply the provisions of this Regulation to pilots holding a licence and associated medical certificate issued by a third country involved in the non-commercial operation of aircraft specified in Article 4(1)(b) or (c) of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 until 8 April 2014."
There is a difference between "will" and "may". CAA, it seems, will not apply the validation rules until 2014. But will every NAA in the EU do the same?? Have any other NAA's given similar guidance to our CAA?
With the CAA's statement, I am happy that I can fly N reg in UK (which I could do anyway on my old CAA licence). But what is the position if I fly to France where I need my 61.75. Have our French friends decided to postpone validation rules until 2014 or will they require this from 2012?? If the latter, surely I need an EASA licence now. But, as the FAA may not recognize the EU as a "state", it would be illegal to do that as well.
Is there an answer or do we wait to see who the French arrest first?
The Irish IAA's website has information regarding EASA Part FCL that says:
"The IAA is also considering applying for derogations in some areas such as:
• Validation of Third Country Licences"
and goes on to say:
"This now means that the holder of an US FAA Airman certificate who is resident in the EU may not use that certificate in Europe on an EASA aircraft even if that aircraft is registered in the US."
That seems to be the latest information available so maybe that will be enforced in Ireland from this year?
I think pilots trying to fly N registered aircraft risk being detained over licence disputes.
The easy out will be to get an EASA licence. Which is easy for those holding a 61.75 FAA licence piggy-backed on their UK one?? But then we are being told not to apply for an EASA licence because matters such as the IMC rating are still not resolved. Plus there is the issue of remaining legal under FAA rules and the FAA might not recognise an EASA licence issued in UK as valid in French airspace..
What is needed here is for EASA to allow all FAA licence holders to operate under those licences for another two years at least, not rely on NAA's who may apply for derogations, and get this sorted out.
What are you doing AOPA?