Petition for the simplification of UK EASA Flight Crew Licence conversions

Petition for the simplification of UK EASA Flight Crew Licence conversions

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Will iam started this petition to European Aviation Safety Agency

The UK has recently exited the European Union. UK pilot licences are now considered to be 'third country licences' by EASA, the European body for co-ordinating National Aviation Authorities in the EU. This means that to convert a licence from a British one to European, the candidate is now being told to complete additional training, theory examinations and flight tests. However, since the UK was part of EASA, their requirements for issuing a license, as well as all other aviation legislation, are almost identical. This now means that candidates need to sit almost identical exams for a second time, at their own cost. This is nonsensical.

At the same time, it will be possible for EASA licences to be converted to UK licences without additional training/tests from 1 April 2021, and can already be used to fly UK G-registered aircraft. This discrepancy is completely unacceptable.

I am writing this to appeal to those who agree that this needs to change, and that the process of conversion between EASA and UK licences, BOTH WAYS, should be simplified and based on common sense, namely that the requirements for both bear such similarity that extensive additional training SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED. This is the only fair and equitable solution.

I shall forward the response to the European Aviation Safety Agency.

THANK YOU!!!!

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More information:

EASA have stated to me in an email, that:

"According to the Commission Delegated Regulation, member States may issue equivalent licences to applicants who already hold an equivalent licence, rating, privilege or certificate issued in accordance with Annex 1 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation by a third country, provided that those applicants comply with the requirements specified in the Regulation itself and taking account of any credit based on a recommendation from an approved training organisation or a declared training organisation."

This implies that it is up to the National Aviation Authority of each country to decide, and that they can issue licences based on training/tests already completed and which meet the requirements. Yet, all of the NAA's I have spoken to told me "our hands are tied". Conversions from UK licences, despite the fact that training and tests conducted were identical to those of EASA, at present require retaking the ATPL theory and skilltest.

This is extremely stressful for myself, a newly qualified commercial pilot who has put 6 years of his life and more than £60'000 (€70'000) into education, only to find himself in a situation of financial destitution and being asked to pay more than £2000 (€2700) to redo exams that have already been taken.

If you agree that these unjust requirements imposed by EASA on UK pilots should stop, please sign!!! Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.

 

Kindest Regards,

William

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