Guidelines for the continued granting of exemptions in accordance with Article 71 of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 (The Basic Regulation) to aircrew as per Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011, Regulation (EU) 2018/395 and Regulation (EU) 2018/1976

guidelines in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

This document provides guidelines for national competent authorities (NCAs) in using Article 71 BR for extending the exemption regime for pilots that still face significant issues when seeking compliance with requirements of the Aircrew Regulation, the Balloon Regulation or the Sailplane Regulation, in the course of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The revised guidelines emphasise the additional consideration and necessary changes to address the ICAO target exemptions framework that will become applicable after March 31, 2021 and the specific timeline considerations on the extension of the theoretical knowledge examinations validity period.