Geplaatst door Jan de Hulster op 30-06-2014 18:28
Juni 2014: http://www.europe...e_2014.pdf
What is the truth about the different rumours that are spreading? These rumours say that there may be changes to the timing and the scope of the approval process of Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) for the PPL, SPL, BPL and the three LAPLs. Her e is the light at the end of the tunnel.
MUCH ADO ABOUT ATO? by Rudolf Schuegraf
What is the truth about the different rumours that are spreading? These rumours say that there may be changes to the timing and the scope of the approval process of Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) for the PPL, SPL, BPL and the three LAPLs. Here is the light at the end of the tunnel.
Beginning training for a LAPL(S)
It took Europe Air Sports more than two years of competent cooperation with EASA and intensive exchange of arguments with the European Commission, to start a new approach to the conversion process of Registered Facilities to ATOs and the process to approve Training Organisations for the gliding and ballooning community.
In particular, these developments on ATOs, including the workshop in May, were the direct result of discussions between EAS and Filip Cornelis (Head of Aviation Safety, European Commission) and Jules Kneepkens (EASA Rulemaking Director) at the EAS Conference in Istanbul in March.
The present opt-out period comes to an end in April 2015, in less than a year’s time.
The whole subject will be an issue during the next meeting of the EASA Committee in Brussels on 7th July 2014.
The delegates of the Member States will discuss and, hopefully, come to conclusions which will help members of Europe Air Sports most.
On the agenda will be the question of whether the opt-out period will come to an end as planned in April 2015, or whether it will be extended for a substantial time period, to ease the timing pressure both on Organisations and authorities
EASA will make the necessary proposals and provide possible solutions for the follow on consequences and the implications for flying instruction and licence issues.
The idea of the opt-out extension is the result of a recent two day workshop organised in mid-May in Cologne by EASA and well led by Matthias Borgmeier
, attended by stakeholders and an unusually large number of aviation authorities.
Two important matters came out of the May workshop:-
 The Agency (EASA) holds a strong and clear position, that training Organisations for the PPL A, SPL and BPL, the LAPL and all the associated ratings should always be considered non-complex, irrespective of the size or their bureaucratic structure.
This position is backed by the Commission. Therefore the requirements are by default lower than those for complex Training Organisations.
 For short term alleviations for training towards non-professional licences, it was
agreed by all participants that modifying and amending the Acceptable Means of
Compliance (AMCs) is the only way to ease the pressure from the Training industry.
The first drafts should be ready in mid-July for three workgroups to review them,
with the clear aim of simplification to achieve lower cost and removing unnecessary
EAS has insisted, for the medium and long-term outcomes, that the Implementing Rules
on Licensing and Approved Training Organisations must also be reviewed. In the long
term, the Basic Regulation 216/2008, with all the Essential Requirements, needs a
thorough scan by EAS to assess the need for changes to be able to comply with the GARoadmap
The second item
on the July agenda of the EASA Committee will be a completely new
approach, introduced by Executive Director Patrick Ky to the Management Board in early
June, and discussed in SSCC (Safety Standards Consultative Committee) and the relevant
The proposal, if accepted,
-would completely delete the requirement to deliver Flight Instruction for PPL and LAPL in an Approved Training Organisation. It would also
-allow individual instructors, as in the US, to provide flight instruction to students who
apply for a PPL A, SPL, BPL and LAPL.
As always, the combination of a series of measures might achieve the maximum benefits
for airsports and recreational aviation as part of General Aviation.
NEW STRUCTURE FOR EASA – RULEMAKING TO DISAPPEAR
A provisional unofficial picture described by René Meier, Programme Manager
The drawing below depicts the new structure of EASA which is supposed to become
effective by 1 September 2014.
Een interressante ontwikkeling zo onverwachts.