02
MAY
2016

ED Decision 2016/008/R

Revision of the operational approval criteria for performance-based navigation (PBN)

Decision amending the AMC & GM to Part-FCL and Part-ARA of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011, as amended, and the AMC & GM to Part-ORO and Part-ARO of Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012, as amended

Part-FCL (PBN) — Amendment 2
Part-FCL (LOs) — Amendment 2
Part-ARA — Amendment 3
Part-ORO — Issue 2,  Amendment 7
Part-ARO —  Issue 3, Amendment 2

This Decision addresses a safety and regulatory coordination issue related to training, testing and checking of pilots who wish to perform performance-based navigation (PBN) operations; it addresses a regulatory coordination issue related to the theoretical knowledge training for aeroplane and helicopter CPL, ATPL, MPL and IR; and it addresses a regulatory coordination issue related to pilot training with an operator after the issue of an MPL. The specific objective is to maintain a high level of safety for holders of the above-mentioned pilot licences.

On 6 April 2016 Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/539 entered into force, which amends Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation) by implementing PBN-related changes to the training, testing and checking of pilots. This Decision proposes the related AMC and GM. It also contains other aircrew-related AMC and GM that were initially related to other Agency rulemaking tasks and, therefore, the following three annexes are annexed to it:

  • Annex I: amendments to the AMC and GM to the Aircrew Regulation related to PBN operations (RMT.0256), and AMC and GM to ARA.MED.330 (RMT.0413);
  • Annex II: amendments to the AMC and GM to the Aircrew Regulation related to the detailed theoretical knowledge syllabus and learning objectives for ATPL, MPL, CPL and IR for aeroplanes and helicopters (RMT.0188); and
  • Annex III: amendments to the AMC and GM to Part-ORO and Part-ARO of Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 related to the removal of the licence restriction to an operator for MPL holders.

The proposed changes are expected to increase safety and ensure compliance with ICAO.

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