March 5, 2009
A Feb. 28 EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) proposal would make it harder to gain European recognition for pilot certificates earned in the United States. The proposal would require the equivalent of re–certification for the private pilot certificate. If passed into law, the proposal would adversely affect U.S. flight schools that train foreign pilots, as well as pilots coming to the United States for training.
“While the training philosophies differ in Europe and the U.S., both groups of pilots have a similar goal, that of developing safe pilots,” said Andy Cebula, AOPA’s executive vice president of regulatory affairs. “It is critical that EASA and the U.S. formalize a bilateral agreement to reconcile the differences between this rule and the current U.S. rules governing flight training.”
AOPA has filed comments with EASA arguing against the proposal, and sent a letter to the FAA asking for a bilateral agreement on the recognition of FAA pilot certificates by EASA. Without changes to the EASA proposal—or a U.S.–EASA bilateral agreement—there can be no easy transference of pilot certificates. The EASA comment period closed on Feb. 28.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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