…Urges Others To Follow Suit
… Says Actions Provide Airlines, Licensed Crew Necessary Flexibility For Licence Extensions Without Compromising Safety
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has commended decisions taken by aviation Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) to provide flexibility to airlines and flight crew during the COVID-19 crisis.
The CAAs are : European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), UK Civil Aviation Authority(UKCAA) and Mexico’s, Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil, (AFAC).
According to IATA’s Senior Vice President, Safety and Flight Operations, Gilberto Lopez Meyer, “Safety is the industry’s top priority. Countries have a well-established licensing system to ensure this. Airlines and their employees are facing an unprecedented challenge in coping with the business and operational impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. In this extraordinarily difficult environment, we are grateful for actions to ease regulatory requirements that do not impact the safety of flights.”
IATA listed the five CAAs and the actions being taken. The CAAs are :
- The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA),which has published templates that may be used by state regulators to notify EASA of the use of flexibility provisions. This allows for the extension to the validity periods for licences, ratings, endorsements, certificates and attestations of aircrew, instructors, examiners, aircraft maintenance licence holders and air traffic controllers as well as extension of Airworthiness Review Certificates.
- The United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has published a Decision allowing for flexibility to the validity periods for licenses, ratings, certificates applicable to Flight Crew and Cabin Crew.
- Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has recognized the need for flexibility in the delivery of classroom training and for the completion of recurrent training requirements. They have also granted the ability to extend the validity periods to some elements of training applicable to pilots, engineers, cabin crew and dispatchers.
- The UK Civil Aviation Authority has put a process in place to allow an extension to the validity of pilot and cabin crew requirements
- In Mexico, the Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil, (AFAC) is extending the validity of permits, licenses and/or certificates for technical personnel for three months.
“Aviation is built on partnership and working together. The actions taken by these regulators will provide airlines and licensed crew with the necessary flexibility for licence extensions without compromising safety. We urge others to quickly follow suit and grant similar short-term relief,” said Lopez Meyer.
IATA is also offering help for airlines whose IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) cannot be performed owing to COVID-19 travel restrictions that make it impossible for auditors to visit airlines, or because of other circumstances related to the current crisis.
Extensions of IOSA audits are being offered for periods of up to six months, however airlines will be required to complete an IOSA safety questionnaire at a minimum of every 60 days during the extension period.
The applicable Temporary Revision to the IOSA Programme Manual (IPM) and affected registrations on the IOSA Registry can be consulted at www.iata.org/iosa.