Published on March 31st, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer0
IAA Extend General Aviation Ratings and Certificates
IAA extend validity and other time periods for licence ratings, certificates, for IAA-licensed or certificated flight crew in General Aviation
In addition to measures announced last week for people involved with Air Operator Certificate holders, Part NCC, and Part SPO operators, the IAA has now published a means for General Aviation pilots to extend their licence ratings and certificates. This is an extraordinary response to the COVID-19 outbreak and allows flight crew licence holders to maintain licences and associated ratings and certificates and for licence applicants and trainees to comply with other specified time periods, if impeded.
The 7-page document covers Class, Instrument and Type Ratings, Instructor & Examiner Certificates, Acquisition Periods and Validity Acceptance Periods for Theoretical Knowledge Examinations, Validity Period of English Language Proficiency (ELP) Licence Endorsements and the Validity of Medical Certificates – Flight Crew, expiring between 29 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. Where the holder has exhausted all attempts to revalidate by conventional means, the licence/certificate may be extended for the period as specified in the Aeronautical Notice. It would be too difficult to go into details for each type of licence rating, certificate, etc. here.
These extensions are emergency measures to help maintain licence ratings and certificates. They do not override the recency requirements which apply to all pilots. There are some changes to recency requirements for Balloonists and Glider pilots, which are detailed in the Notice. However, pilots must comply with all elements of the Notice to get an extension and all other applicable regulations when they go flying.
The full IAA Aeronautical Notice P33 can be viewed here.