Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:01 pm #1817797
Peter Kelly wrote:It could all be so simple.
One PPL. One training course. One set of exams. One set of revalidation requirements. All ICAO compliant. Your initial licence covers you for whatever class of aeroplane you took your test in. Choose what variety of aircraft you want to move on to and get them added to your initial licence by means of differences training signed-off by an instructor, no examiner input required.
Two levels of medical. An ICAO compliant Class 2 or a simple medical declaration as per PMD.
If you have an ICAO medical, you are good to go anywhere in the world in a G-reg. If you have a PMD then it's effectively sub-ICAO and UK only.
Maybe make the licence a small plastic card and have the data all stored on a database with appropriate access for pilots, instructors and examiners.
It might be that when everything settles down, and LAPL medical could be added if we can agree on this for flying in Europe.
The current hundreds of pages of FCL could be reduced to less than 100 at stroke. Might not be good for these forums though as the endless questions about licences, revalidation, etc. would slow to a trickle.
Pretty much what I said further up. As for medicals - the standard class1/2 that covers everything for anything, but also perhaps a PMD that has to also show an eyesight test with correction in the last 12 months. That PMD can only be used solo, yes no passengers hence no risk to anyone else.
Ultimately if you can't pass a flying course and exams, can't pass a medical then you should not be allowed in the air. That goes for those SSDR things also.