Temp approval for affected pilots to renew their IR without resitting exams
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The UK Civil Aviation Authority has a publication called LASORS which is the bible for private and professional pilots to know what rules and regulations are required to attain, maintain and if lapsed revalidate their licences. Up to and including LASORS 2008 there was an exemption for holders of a UK CAA issued Instrument rating who had let their rating lapse but who were exercising the privileges of an IR under an ICAO of the need to renew their UK issued IR every 12 months. For the purposes of a renewal date under this exemption, the UK rating renewal date was deemed to be based on the revalidation date of the ICAO held IR.
With the publication of LASORS 2010, the authority, WITHOUT WARNING, removed this clause and at a stroke rendered 100's (?) of ratings as null and void. This has in effect stopped the affected pilots from flying commercially in the UK and the whole of Europe, in other words they took away our careers. The authority have laid out the steps, which include resitting all 7 of the ground exams, the same exams on which we are allowed to keep our professional licences.
The removal of the clause without warning is legally questionable and should be pursued. If there is no satisfactory answer then consideration should be given to legally pursuing the authority for the costs required to attend courses, purchase manuals and pay for exam fees that they have in effect imposed on the affected pilots in order to satisfy the regulations.
We are liasing with aviation lawyers and will present this petition to the CAA in conjunction with discussions with their senior management.
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