Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:41 am
Well many are hoping that as the end of 6th year (Sept 17th) of EASA confusion and dearth of EASA fixes to grass roots issues that they have created, there may be some relief coming for which we are supposed to say "well done EASA, only 6 years, who would have thought you would get round to us so soon?". (It is fair enough to praise the CAA for mitigations already seen though.)
It is incredible how precious Easa has been with the lapl(a), a non icao leisure licence restricted to EASA states unless further recognised locally (eg Jersey). As well as "too late" issued nppl-ssea holders:
-There are pilots who have flown modern sep-like microlights on tours around Europe who are told to do a full lapl course.
-There are very competent foreign ppl holders whose mistake was to be skilled enough to get their icao ppls in minimum time and have not yet reached 55 hours post licence as they have come to Europe before getting in close range of that magic number of 100 hours total is reached which will allow them to be competence checked and tested for even a Lapl . Yet they see barely competent pilots with the same foreign icao ppl who took 100 hours to learn who are allowed to convert to a full ppl. Many very competent foreign pilots have had superior training to UK students, for example they have done at least a couple of actual spin recoveries and good engine management is built in from day one, something tbey will have knocked out of them on their full lapl courses.
-There are very experienced pilots with many hundreds of reasonably recent sep hours, with in-date foreign licences but recently expired sep privileges, who are told to do full courses to get a lapl, a non icao hobby licence!
Irv Lee - (R/T & Flight Examiner)
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