Published on March 24th, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


IAA Extend Validity Periods for Pilot Licences, Ratings and Medicals

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak the IAA have published three Personnel Licence Aeronautical Notices to extend validity periods for licences, ratings, certificates, and attestations of aircrew, instructors, examiners, air traffic controllers and engineers. The ability of aviation personnel and organisations to maintain licences, ratings, certificates, and attestations has been hampered by national requirements to implement social distancing and the limitation of movement of persons in the European Union. In pursuant to article 71(1) of Regulation (EU) No. 2018/1139, the IAA has issued an exemption from compliance with some requirements subject to the limits and conditions detailed in the relevant Aeronautical Notice.

The exemption only applies to training and checking by Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holders and declared Part-NCC and Part-SPO operators under the oversight of the Irish Aviation Authority. It does not apply to individuals operating outside of these organisation or to private pilots. The exemption for pilots permits an extension of validity by a period up to 4 months for personnel under a management system subject to the following:

  1. the regular validity period of training and checking, as set out in the applicable training and checking requirements of Part-ORO, expires between the effective date of the Exemption and up to and including 31 July 2020;
  2. the personnel hold a valid class or type rating, as appropriate;
  3. the personnel operate under the management system of an organisation for which Part-ORO is applicable;
  4. the personnel have received refresher training, followed by the completion of an assessment, by means established by the operator and accepted by the Authority, to determine that the required level of knowledge to operate the applicable class or type is maintained. That assessment shall include class or type specific abnormal and emergency procedures.

For full details please review the relevant Aeronautical Notice

P30 – COVID-19 – Extension of validity periods for licences, ratings, certificates, and attestations of aircrew, instructors and examiners

P31 – COVID-19 – Extension of validity periods for licences, ratings, and certificates of air traffic controllers

P32 – COVID-19 – Extension of validity periods for EASA Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Licences

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He 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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