Petition for the introduction of plastic card Flight Crew Licenses (EASA)

Petition for the introduction of plastic card Flight Crew Licenses (EASA)

March 4, 2021
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Started by Ran B

I wonder why in 2021 all EASA member states are still using paper licenses?

This question comes to my mind every time I need to present my license.
What's the problem with paper licenses? Many.

From the productive aspect:
They are very prone to wear and tear; in the best case they get wrinkled. A bit of water or coffee spilling on them will cause permanent damage. An oily finger or dirty hand and the license is damaged as well.

I could go on. Paper documents are well known for their disadvantages.
Indeed, every time our licenses get worn we have to print a new one. This happens too often, and it makes no sense in the 21st Century!

From the image aspect:
Paper documents look unprofessional and non-serious. Their security features are marginal to none.
They are presenting a casual approach and they don't give a respectful image for people who worked hard and paid a lot of money for their education and training, that which we deserve!

If you think about it:
Even driving licenses and ID cards all over the EU are well designed from durable plastic cards. The technology has been around for decades!

A great example can be seen with the FAA in the US: a straight forward durable plastic card that can be carried easily and conveniently, even included with a magnetic strip.
Got it a bit dirty? Clean it with wet towel and your are good to go.

All in all, all over the world licenses are issued at least as a plastic card if not even smart cards, which combine both passive and active security features.
So why are we, the commercial pilots of Europe, still holding folded old fashioned paper licenses?

I believe it is time to make a change, if you agree please sign!! Thank you for taking the time to read this.


Kindest Regards,

Ran B

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