Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:18 pm
@ls8pilot I don't think the nppl-ppl upgrade (both national) had anything to do with EASA or FCL , it could have been done anytime and should never have been stopped. I spoke (Zoom) at the Europa agm - clearly there were PPLs (national) enjoying wonderful trips around Europe, and equally SSEAs since April 2018 (from microlight) who could only read about it all and 'wish'.
I attended an examiner seminar, quite a few 'senior' ones there with apparently little knowledge or time for grass roots stuff, (why would they if their lives are full of I/R tests?), and clearly they are the sort with influence.
I do wonder though about a couple of documents on the CAA microsite and similar - they refer to the idea that a UK PPL can fly a G-reg anywhere because it is ICAO compliant (with an ICAO level medical and rating). They do NOT specify UK FCL PPLs - Now I'm interpreting that as loose wording, as they have never been great at thinking of national licensing, but equally, you now have what WAS clearly EU law over-riding UK law now just being UK law, and I wonder if their is a hidden conflict there between UK ICAO obligations and agreements and the newly copied UK law. Is the wording 'loose' or are they sneakily hiding that there is an argument (due to the conflict between the copied-from-EU law and national ICAO compliance) that the national PPL (an ICAO PPL) should be able to fly suitable G-reg Part21 now? As I said, I would assume loose wording, but it would be annoying to hear in 3 months time "Oh, didn't you know? you've been able to fly a PA28 on a UK national PPL since Jan 1st". It doesn't help the SSEA at all of course, but the loose wording is troubling.
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