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Acceptance of Training Gained Prior to 17 September 2012, before Proceeding to a Skills Test :

The CAA have provided further clarification to the information given to AOPA and published in the AOPA UK Enewsletter of May 2016, and to be published in the June edition of the Aircraft Owner & Pilot Magazine. Information Notice Number: IN–2016/053 applies to student pilots who started their training under the requirement of JAR-FCL 1 and 2 for PPL(A) or PPL(H).

Pilots who started training for commercial licences should contact the ATO that undertook their training, if they require further information.

Article 9, paragraph 1 of Commission Regulation (EU) No.1178/2011 as amended (the Aircrew Regulation) states:

"In respect of issuing Part -FCL licences in accordance with Annex I, training commenced prior to the application of this Regulation in accordance with the Joint Aviation Authorities requirements and procedures, under the regulatory oversight of a Member State recommended for mutual recognition within the Joint Aviation Authorities’ system in relation to the relevant JAR, shall be given full credit provided that the training and testing were completed by 8 April 2016 at the latest."

The CAA applied the Air crew Regulation with effect from 17 September 2012, so all training undertaken prior to this date was conducted under the relevant JARs.

Those who have not completed all elements of the experience requirements as stated in FCL.210.A or FCL210.H may claim credit for training completed prior to 17 September 2012, under JARs, as follows:

FCL.210.A PPL(A) - Experience requirements and crediting

Applicants for a PPL(A) shall have completed at least 45 hours of flight instruction in aeroplanes, 5 of which may have been completed in an FSTD, including at least:

  1. 25 hours of dual flight instruction; and
  2. 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM), during which full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.


FCL.210.H PPL(H) - Experience requirements and crediting

Applicants for a PPL(H) shall have completed at least 45 hours of flight instruction on helicopters, 5 of which may have been completed in an FNPT or FFS, including:

  1. 25 hours of dual flight instruction;
  2. 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM), with full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure; and
  3. 35 of the 45 hours of flight instruction have to be completed on the same type of helicopter as the one used for the skill test.

Applicants wishing to rely on training time completed prior to entry into force of Part-FCL in the UK must contact the CAA (see below) prior to being recommended for the skills test to establish what administrative steps will be required to enable recognition of training completed under JARs. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being required to undergo additional training under Part-FCL and retake the skills test.

Any queries or requests for further guidance should be addressed to:
ISP Licensing Policy
Civil Aviation Authority
2W, Aviation House
Gatwick Airport
RH6 0YR
E-mail: ISPTechnicalSupportTeam@caa.co.uk


AOPA UK members may of course contact the AOPA UK Office if, after contacting the CAA, they have any further query or issue in this matter.

Acronyms
FNPT - Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer
FSTD - Flight Simulation Training Device
FFS - Full Flight Simulator
FCL - F1light Crew Licensing
JAR - Joint Aviation Requirements

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