General Aviation

Published on March 31st, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer

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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.

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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot by profession flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He also instructs on them including tailwheel differences training and is a UK CAA Examiner. He also flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.



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