EASA has deferred the need to convert to Part-FCL licensing and the need to implement ATO requirements until 2018.
These deferments – which come as a result of proposed changes voted in by EASA’s Committee – will give EASA the time needed to agree a more proportionate approach to regulating the light end of GA.
For glider pilots and clubs, the main effects of the changes include:
• There is no longer a requirement to hold a LAPL(S) or SPL in order to fly EASA sailplanes after 8th April 2015 – gliding will continue under existing national arrangements ie current BGA arrangements (including self-declaration with GP endorsement medicals) until at least April 2018
• Aeroplane and SLMG pilots can continue to use NPPL privileges, again at least until April 2018
• There is no longer a requirement to establish an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) by April 2015
According to the British Gliding Association, these changes have come about in response to successful lobbying by the GA community. In a statement the organisation said:
‘The UK, including the BGA, has been actively involved in this work with the CAA playing a significant role to achieve positive change.
‘Meanwhile, today’s agreement leaves many items of detail to be agreed between the BGA and the CAA. We do understand there will be points of detail that affect individual pilots in different ways. The BGA has previously discussed and agreed the need to ensure no glider pilots are disadvantaged by this welcome extension of the transition period. We will issue a more comprehensive briefing as soon as that continued dialogue has taken place.’